Euro 2020: Uncapped Rubin Colwill in Wales’ European Championship squad

Rubin Colwill made six appearances for Cardiff City during the 2020-21 championship campaign

Cardiff City young man Rubin Colwill is the surprising addition to Wales’ 26-man squad for Euro 2020.

Attacking midfielder Colwill, who only made his Cardiff debut in February, was part of the Welsh training team preparing for the final.

The 19-year-old was selected ahead of strikers Tom Lawrence, Rabbi Matondo and Brennan Johnson.

“He’s been a breath of fresh air since he came in,” said caretaker manager Robert Page of Colwill.

“He really impressed me. He has presence, he has something that we don’t have in the middle of the park either.

“He can play right, play ten and play midfield. That’s a bonus when we’re looking for a squad.”

“He blew us all away for how he was and how he acted. He’s already a top professional and a great boy to have anywhere.”

Wales starts its Euro 2020 campaign against Switzerland on June 12 in Baku and also faces Turkey and Italy.

Captain Gareth Bale is the headline name on a squad administered by Page continued absence of Ryan Giggs.

On loan from Real Madrid at Tottenham this season, Bale was one of Wales’ stars at Euro 2016 when they reached the semi-finals in France under Chris Coleman.

Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Wayne Hennessey, Ben Davies, Jonny Williams, Danny Ward and Chris Gunter, who has won 100 caps, are also included.

“We’d like to repeat what we did at Euro 2016, but we’re realistic – it’s a different team, a different tournament,” said captain Bale.

“It will be difficult, but we have confidence in our own abilities and will do everything we can to make it as successful as possible.”

Tottenham defender Davies missed the end of the Premier League season after a calf injury in March, while the versatile Ethan Ampadu was also added to the squad despite missing the end of his loan period at Sheffield United due to a pelvic problem.

After Switzerland, Wales face Turkey on June 16 in Baku before the group stage concludes with a game against Italy on June 20 in Rome.

The addition of Colwill is the biggest surprise in Page’s squad and marks a rapid rise for the attacking midfielder.

After being in Cardiff since he was eight, he joined the Bluebirds U23 team full-time in July 2020 and was first introduced by manager Mick McCarthy in February’s 3-1 win over Coventry.

The Neath-born player made his first call to Wales under-21s the following month, replacing his first international game in a 2-1 loss to the Republic of Ireland.

Robert PageRobert Page has been part of the senior national team’s coaching team since August 2019

Colwill had been part of a 28-person training camp in Portugal from which veteran striker Hal Robson-Kanu had been excluded while Cardiff midfielder Will Vaulks was again left out.

Luton Town defender Tom Lockyer was also part of the training team. After missing the end of the season after an ankle surgery in April, he was excluded from the final squad due to Newport County midfielder Josh Sheehan also being out.

“I had to make some tough decisions and there were some disappointed people who left the camp, which is not easy,” added Page.

“I told the group afterwards that they were the lucky 26. We have such a good group and they are really close together.

“If I could have taken 31, I would have taken all of them because they are all good characters.

“But unfortunately this is football – we have to make these decisions and move forward.”

Wales will face world champions France in a friendly in Nice on Wednesday June 2, before taking on Albania at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday June 5 – the final game before the final.

Wales squad for Euro 2020

Goalkeeper: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester City), Adam Davies (Stoke City).

Defender: Chris Gunter (Charlton Athletic), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Connor Roberts (Swansea City), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth AFC), Joe Rodon (Tottenham Hotspur), James Lawrence (St. Pauli), Neco Williams (Liverpool), Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United), Ben Cabango (Swansea City).

Midfield player: Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Joe Allen (Stoke City), Jonny Williams (Cardiff City, Harry Wilson (Liverpool), Daniel James (Manchester United), David Brooks (AFC Bournemouth), Joe Morrell (Luton Town), Matt Smith (Manchester ) City), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City).

Forward: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City) and Tyler Roberts (Leeds United).

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