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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 May, 2003, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
Howarth adds to Wales woes
Simon Howarth
Howarth leaves Wales with just three strikers in the squad
Tranmere Rovers striker Simon Howarth has withdrawn from the Wales squad to play the USA next week.

Howarth will be on honeymoon while Wales play in San Jose, California on Monday, 26 May.

Manager Mark Hughes has called up Millwall defender Matthew Rees to take Howarth's place.

Rees, 20, won his first Under-21 cap against Finland this season.

Gareth Taylor, Neil Roberts and Christian Roberts are now the only strikers Hughes has available.

Taylor has won 11 international caps, Neil Roberts has two caps while Christian Roberts is waiting to make his first appearance in a Wales shirt.

The Wales match gives us an opportunity to see several of our European-based players for the first time this year
United States coach Bruce Arena

Hughes had already been forced to name a weakened squad for the friendly match.

Only Paul Jones, Andy Melville, Mark Pembridge and Simon Davies are the recognised first choice players likely to figure in the match.

Captain Gary Speed will travel with the squad but is not expected to play.

Sunderland midfielder Claudio Reyna is one of five European-based players called up by United States coach Bruce Arena.

Reyna, who helped lead the USA to the quarter-finals in last year's World Cup, has been sidelined since October after he tore knee ligaments while playing for the Black Cats.

Despite the recall, Reyna is not expected to play in San Jose.

"The Wales match gives us an opportunity to see several of our European-based players for the first time this year," said Arena.

RC Lens goalkeeper Joe Cannon, along with defender Greg Vanney (F.C. Bastia), midfielder Eddie Lewis (Preston North End) and forward Jovan Kirovski (Birmingham City) round up the European contingent.

Wales squad

Goalkeepers: Paul Jones (Southampton), Darren Ward (Nottingham Forest)
Defenders: Gary Speed (Newcastle United), Andy Melville (Fulham), Adrian Williams (Reading), Rhys Day (Mansfield Town), Matthew Rees (Millwall)
Midfielders: Mark Pembridge (Everton), Simon Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Matthew Jones (Leicester City), Carl Robinson (Portsmouth), Andy Johnson (WBA), Paul Trollope (Northampton Town), John Oster (Sunderland), Jason Koumas (WBA), David Vaughan (Crewe Alexandra), David Pipe (Coventry City)
Forwards: Gareth Taylor (Burnley), Neil Roberts (Wigan Athletic), Christian Roberts (Bristol City)

USA squad

Goalkeepers: Joe Cannon (RC Lens), Nick Rimando (DC United)
Defenders: Jeff Agoos (San Jose), C J Brown (Chicago), Richard Mulrooney (San Jose), Mike Petke (DC United), Greg Vanney (FC Bastia)
Midfielders: Bobby Convey (DC United), Ramiro Corrales (San Jose), Eddie Lewis (Preston North End), Ben Olsen (DC United), Claudio Reyna (Sunderland), Earnie Stewart (DC United).
Forwards: Brian Ching (San Jose), Landon Donovan (San Jose), Alecko Eskandarian (DC United), Jovan Kirovski (Birmingham City).

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