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Eastwood gets Welsh approval

Published: Wednesday 2 May 2007, 13.36CET
Southend United FC forward Freddy Eastwood is one of five new names in the Wales squad for the UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier against the Czech Republic on 2 June.
by Trevor Haylett
Eastwood gets Welsh approval
Freddy Eastwood has received his first call-up for Wales ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 2 May 2007, 13.36CET

Eastwood gets Welsh approval

Southend United FC forward Freddy Eastwood is one of five new names in the Wales squad for the UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier against the Czech Republic on 2 June.

Southend United FC forward Freddy Eastwood is one of five new names in the Wales squad for the 2 June UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier against the Czech Republic.

Welsh grandfather
The 23-year-old, who scored eleven goals for Southend in the English second tier this season, qualifies to play for John Toshack's side thanks to a Welsh-born grandfather. Barnsley FC striker Daniel Nardello and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey also receive first call-ups in the 25-man squad along with two teenage full-backs - Cardiff City FC's Chris Gunter and Oldham Athletic FC's Neil Eardley. Wales will play New Zealand in a friendly game in Wrexham on 26 May before meeting the Czechs in Cardiff. Wales lie fifth in qualifying Group D, with two wins and three defeats in their five games to date.

Wales squad
Goalkeepers: Danny Coyne (Burnley FC), Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Lewis Price (Ipswich Town FC).

Defenders: Danny Gabbidon (West Ham United FC), James Collins (West Ham United FC), Danny Collins (Sunderland AFC), Steve Evans (Wrexham FC), Lewin Nyatanga (Derby County FC), Craig Morgan (Peterborough FC), Neil Eardley (Oldham Athletic FC), Chris Gunter (Cardiff City FC), Sam Ricketts (Hull City AFC), Gareth Bale (Southampton FC).

Midfielders: Simon Davies (Fulham FC), Carl Fletcher (Crystal Palace FC), Joe Ledley (Cardiff City FC), Carl Robinson (Toronto FC), Jason Koumas (West Bromwich Albion FC), Arron Davies (Yeovil Town FC), Andrew Crofts (Gillingham FC).

Forwards: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool FC), Ryan Giggs (Manchester United FC), Robert Earnshaw (Norwich City FC), Freddie Eastwood (Southend United FC), Daniel Nardiello (Barnsley FC).

Last updated: 03/05/07 12.47CET

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