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Wednesday, 20 March, 2002, 17:42 GMT
Shoulder's search for new talent
Cardiff City striker Robert Earnshaw
Robert Earnshaw is the most senior member of the squad
Wales under-21 manager Jimmy Shoulder has organised a four-day training session in April to begin his preparations for the 2003/04 European qualifying campaign.

The 55-year-old coach has overseen the worst run by any Wales side in the country's history - 24 games without a win.

But Shoulder has insisted he has no intention of stepping down and is as determined as ever to continue the search for new young talent.

Among the new recruits to the squad are Wrexham's centre back Shaun Pejic and Cardiff's versatile youngster James Collins.

Pejic, who was born in Hereford but has a Welsh grandmother, has broken into the Wrexham side this season while Collins caught the eye during the FAW Premier Cup semi-final at the Racecourse.

The 19-year-old has been given few opportunities in Cardiff's promotion pushing side this season.

But his appearances in the FAW Premier Cup, at centre-back and up front, gave notice of his future potential.

His Bluebirds team-mate Robert Earnshaw, who was called up to the senior squad ahead of the match with Argentina, is also included.

With 10 under-21 caps to his name, the pint-sized striker will be the most experienced member of the squad.


Wales under-21 squad for training camp at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel (14-17 April)

Jason Brown (Gillingham), Paul Whitfield (Wrexham), Michael Price (Hull City), Darren Moss (Shrewsbury Town), Rhys Day (Manchester City), Leigh De Vulgt (Swansea City), Shaun Pejic (Wrexham), Matthew Rees (Millwall), Ryan Valentine (Everton), David Vaughan (Crew Alexandra), Lee Fowler (Coventry City), Gareth Williams (Crystal Palace), Mathew Williams (Manchester United), David Pipe (Coventry City), Kevin Gall (Bristol Rovers), Jamie Tolley (Shrewsbury Town), Robert Earnshaw, James Collins (both Cardiff City).

See also:

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