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Steve Morison eager to make Wales debut

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY - Wales v Luxembourg
Venue: Parc y Scarlets Date: Wednesday, 11 August Kick-off: 1945 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & online and score updates on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sport website


Millwall striker Steve Morison is set to make his Wales debut in Llanelli
Millwall striker Steve Morison is set to make his Wales debut in Llanelli

Steve Morison is set to crown a dream year with a first cap in Wales' friendly with Luxembourg at Llanelli's Parc y Scarlets on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old striker flourished after moving to Millwall in July 2009 from non-league Stevenage Borough.

Morison's 20 goals last season helped the the Lions seal promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.

"It's been a great experience and it will top it all off if I earn my first cap on Wednesday night," Morison said.

"A year ago I was playing non-league football so playing international football was a very, very long way from my mind. Then I was concentrating on playing League One football and getting Millwall promoted."

Morison previously represented England at non-league level but he has a Welsh grandmother and Wales manager John Toshack was quick to follow up initial interest with a first call-up.

"I made Wales aware - and I think they were aware - I could possibly play and we did the relevant checks and it took one phone call to say I'd love to play," Morison said.

"I'm a better player than I was last year and hopefully I can push on now and get a few international caps with Wales."

A comprehensive victory over Luxembourg is now needed to set Toshack's side up for a Euro 2012 qualifying group that begins in earnest on 3 September away to Montenegro and also includes England, Switzerland and Bulgaria.

"It's a game we need to win," said Morison. "We need to go into the qualifiers with some confidence and we want a good performance.

"We want to get a settled team together. We started on the training ground... and we need to carry it on until Wednesday.

"We think the group is wide open and beating Luxembourg will stand us in good stead. We can beat these teams on our day but we need to make sure we're all fit, ready and raring to go."

We think the group is wide open and beating Luxembourg will stand us in good stead

Steve Morison

There was mixed news for Toshack ahead of the game, with captain Craig Bellamy back after missing the last three matches but Fulham midfielder Simon Davies retiring from international football.

"Simon lives around my area. It's a shame, he's a great player, but he's got his reasons and I wish him all the best for the future," Morison added.

"[Having Bellamy back] is a fantastic boost. He's a fantastic player. If I ever get the chance to play with him I'll enjoy it very much. I think he's got a lot to offer to the team and he helps us massively."

Wales' injury list grew on Tuesday with the withdrawals of Dave Edwards, Simon Church and Ched Evans, joining Sam Vokes, James Collins, Lewin Nyatanga, Danny Gabbidon, Joe Allen and long-term casualties Aaron Ramsey and Jack Collison on the sidelines.


Wales squad to face Luxembourg at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli: Jason Brown (Blackburn Rovers), Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton W), Boaz Myhill (WBA), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Craig Morgan (Preston North End), Sam Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers), Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), Andy King (Leicester City), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Brian Stock (Doncaster Rovers), David Vaughan (Blackpool), Craig Bellamy (Manchester City), Robert Earnshaw (Nottingham Forest), Steve Morison (Millwall), David Cotterill (Swansea City).

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see also
Wales 5-1 Luxembourg
11 Aug 10 |  Welsh
I could quit football - Bellamy
10 Aug 10 |  Man City
Davies calls time on Wales career
08 Aug 10 |  Welsh
Pick your Wales XI
05 Feb 07 |  Welsh
Welsh football history
25 Mar 10 |  Welsh
Wales' international fixtures
22 Aug 07 |  Welsh
Wales' results archive
10 Oct 05 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales


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