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Wales considering Millwall striker Steve Morison call

By Peter Shuttleworth and Simon Davies

Steve Morison
Striker Steve Morison represented England's semi-professional side

Millwall striker Steve Morison could be awarded an international career by Wales manager John Toshack.

The Football Association of Wales has discovered the 23-goal targetman has Welsh ancestry as his grandmother was born in Tredegar, near Ebbw Vale.

Wales assistant Roy Evans has watched the 26-year-old who is set to play for Millwall in their League One play-off final against Swindon on Saturday.

Toshack wants to bolster his striking options and Morison is now an option.

BBC Sport understands that Morison has registered his interest in representing Wales after discovering his Wales heritage so Toshack's number two Evans, the former Liverpool manager, has scouted the Millwall man.

Morrison has scored 23 goals in his first season in League One after his £130,000 move from non-league Stevenage Borough last summer.

The 6ft 2ins forward, who started his career at Northampton Town, impressed during his time in non-league for Blue Square South side Bishop's Stortford and then Blue Square Premier side Stevenage.

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His goals inspired Stevenage to two FA Trophy triumphs at Wembley - and Morrison scored in both finals against Kidderminster Harriers in 2007 and York in 2009.

The Enfield-born player scored three times in eight caps for England's non-league team but after an impressive first season back in the Football League, his international future could be with Wales.

Captain Craig Bellamy is Wales' attacking talisman and the only regular Premier League striker in Toshack's squad.

The experienced Wales manager has a host of Championship forwards available for selection - and Morison could be another if he helps fire Millwall to promotion in Saturday's League One play-off final.

Nottingham Forest's Rob Earnshaw and Simon Church of Reading led depleted Wales' frontline in their 2-0 defeat in Croatia on Sunday.

Sam Vokes is a Wolverhampton Wanderers player but the 20-year-old has only played a handful of starting appearances and was out on loan at promoted League One side Leeds United.

Ched Evans and Jermaine Easter seemed to have dropped down Toshack's Wales pecking order while Freddie Eastwood and Daniel Nardiello are in the international wilderness.



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Stevenage sign Guppy and Morison
18 Aug 06 |  Stevenage
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10 Jun 04 |  Northampton
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales


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