Easter gets Wales call
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wycombe striker Jermaine Easter has won his first call-up to the Wales national team.
Wycombe Wanderers striker Jermaine Easter has won his first call-up to the Wales national team.
Easter's 20 goals in 30 games have caught the eye of John Toshack, who is without Rob Earnshaw for the friendly against Northern Ireland.
Toshack's latest squad is missing first-choice central defensive pair James Collins and Danny Gabbidon, with both players currently sidelined with groin problems.
Sunderland stopper Danny Collins returns to the squad after almost a year out following a row with Toshack.
Collins had feared his Wales career was over, but has seemingly been given a lifeline because of the lack of defenders available.
Wrexham's Ryan Valentine joins Easter as the only uncapped player in the squad.
Wales squad to play Northern Ireland on 6th February:
Paul Jones (QPR), Lewis Price (Ipswich), Darren Ward (Sunderland); Gareth Bale (Southampton), Danny Collins (Sunderland), Richard Duffy (Swansea), Steve Evans (Wrexham), Craig Morgan (Peterborough), Lewin Nyatanga (Derby), Sam Ricketts (Hull), Ryan Valentine (Wrexham); Simon Davies (Fulham), Carl Fletcher (Crystal Palace), Jason Koumas (WBA), Joe Ledley (Cardiff), Carl Robinson (Norwich), David Vaughan (Crewe), Ryan Giggs (Man Utd), Paul Parry (Cardiff); Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), David Cotterill (Wigan), Craig Davies (Wolves), Jermaine Easter (Wycombe), Chris Llewellyn (Wrexham)