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Blake backs Wales fringe players

International friendly - Wales v Scotland
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium Date: Saturday, 14 November Kick-off: 1500 GMT Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and online, live text commentary online and score updates on BBC Radio 5 live.


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Nevin backs Dorman's Wales call

Former Wales striker Nathan Blake has urged players to grab their opportunity in Saturday's friendly with Scotland.

Premier League players Craig Bellamy, James Collins, Jack Collison and Simon Davies have withdrawn from the Wales squad for the game in Cardiff.

But Blake says that leaves the door open for other players to impress.

"For those players who are currently just on the fringe of the squad, this is a great opportunity... especially in a home international," Blake said.

"You're not going to get a better opportunity to show what you can do and show yourself than... against one of the Scottish, Irish or the English home nations.

"It's going to be a massive game just for pride."

Cardiff City youngster Adam Matthews is tipped to make his Wales debut
Cardiff City youngster Adam Matthews is tipped to make his Wales debut

Cardiff City full-back Adam Matthews is tipped to make his international bow, while St Mirren midfielder Andy Dorman could also make his Wales debut.

The stage seems set for both players, with the game on Matthews' home ground at the Cardiff City Stadium and against a Scotland squad comprising largely of players whom Dorman plays against week-in, week-out in the Scottish Premier League.

Blake believes it is overdue for Matthews to make his Wales mark, with the 17-year-old having blossomed for Cardiff in the Championship this season.

"He's got such a good temperament for someone so young, I've been calling for a while for him to get into that squad," Blake added.

"For him it's ideal, first international cap against one of the home nations.

"He'll know what to expect, I would have thought, because obviously the Scottish boys a lot of them play in the English league."

Former Scotland international Pat Nevin believes that Dorman could also prove his worth to Wales.

Chester-born Dorman became eligible for Wales last month under the new five-year school rule.

The rule means that any British passport holder can play for any home nations side, providing they have been educated for a minimum of five years in that country.

Dorman, 27, lived for most of his childhood in the north Wales village of Hawarden and represented Wales Under-18 schoolboys.

"When Andy Dorman plays at his very best... he's definitely good enough to get a game or certainly get in the squad for Wales," Nevin told Sport Wales.

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"You need someone who's going to be coming from that midfield area that's going to give a little bit of help and in many ways his style of play suits international football.

"He's not an out-and-out striker, he's not a simple midfielder. He's someone who's real specialism is arriving late in the box and whether it's domestic or international football all managers love that."

With Blackpool pair Neil Eardley and David Vaughan also sidelined alongside the Premier League quartet, Wales manager John Toshack will have to rely on junior squad members.

While there is no suggestion that Wales' withdrawals are due to anything other than genuine injury concerns, Blake understands that a November friendly does not have the same importance as a competitive international.

"You can understand at this stage of the season why players would want to avoid playing in such a game, which has no real meaning," Blake said.

"Most club managers wouldn't want their players to play in such a game."



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