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West Ham's Danny Gabbidon comes out of Wales retirement

Nations Cup
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin Date: Tuesday, 8 February 2011 Kick-off: 1945 GMT
Coverage: Listen live on BBC Radio Wales, live score updates on the BBC Sport website


Danny Gabbidon
West Ham's Danny Gabbidon has made 43 Wales appearances

West Ham United's Danny Gabbidon has come out of international retirement to be included in new Wales boss Gary Speed's first squad.

Speed has also included Aaron Ramsey, who is on loan at Cardiff City from Arsenal, for the 8 February Nations Cup clash with the Republic of Ireland.

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale has a back injury and Cardiff's Craig Bellamy (knee) was not considered.

Coventry City's Freddie Eastwood also returns to the Wales fold.

There had also been speculation over a possible return from retirement of Fulham midfielder Simon Davies, but that has not happened.

Speed said: "Simon said he was tempted but at the moment he wants to concentrate on his Fulham career and I respect that totally. Obviously Simon is a quality player but I totally respect his decision."

Gabbidon return delights Speed

Wales take on the Republic of Ireland at the rebuilt Aviva Stadium and the following night Northern Ireland take on Scotland at the same venue.

Bellamy has been suffering knee problems and as Cardiff face fellow Championship promotion rivals Swansea City on Sunday, Speed feels it would be unfair to ask him to play two days later.

Speed said: "I am sure everyone is aware of Craig's situation and it would be wrong of me to ask him to play on Tuesday after playing on Sunday.

"The last thing we want is players going back to their clubs injured."

Speed said of Ramsey: "I'm delighted he's available. He is really relishing the challenge and the Ireland game might come at the right time for him.

"He is hopefully one of the cogs in the wheel that will make us successful. He's one of those players who can change a game."


Wales squad:

J Brown (Blackburn), W Hennessey (Wolves), B Myhill (West Brom); D Collins (Stoke), J Collins (Aston Villa), N Eardley (Blackpool), D Gabbidon (West Ham), C Gunter (Nottingham Forest), C Morgan (Preston), S Ricketts (Bolton), A Williams (Swansea); A Crofts (Norwich), D Edwards (Wolves), A King (Leicester), J Ledley (Celtic), A Ramsey (Cardiff), D Vaughan (Blackpool); S Church (Reading), R Earnshaw (Nottingham Forest), C Evans (Sheffield United), F Eastwood (Coventry), S Morison (Millwall), H Robson-Kanu (Reading).



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see also
No full-time Wales role for Giggs
31 Jan 11 |  Welsh
Wales unveil Speed as new manager
14 Dec 10 |  Welsh
Gabbidon considering Wales return
06 Jan 11 |  Welsh
Gabbidon quits international game
04 Oct 10 |  Welsh
Wales' international fixtures
22 Aug 07 |  Welsh
Wales' results archive
10 Oct 05 |  Welsh
Pick your Wales XI
05 Feb 07 |  Welsh
Welsh football history
25 Mar 10 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales


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