Coleman won't quibble wherever Andorra game is staged/Dibble

Coleman won't quibble wherever Andorra game is staged/Dibble

Coleman won't quibble wherever Andorra game is staged/Dibble

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WALES manager Chris Coleman admits life’s a pitch for an international manager and ideally he doesn’t want his side to have to play on an artificial surface in Andorra, writes Michael Pearlman.

FIFA are set to investigate whether or not the contest will go ahead of the 3g surface with Andorra officials admitting the contest could yet be moved to another nation.

That means Wales will potentially have to field the most expensive player in the world on a poor surface, but Coleman insists whatever the venue his boys will be ready.

“We’d much prefer to play on grass, but we will accept the decision of FIFA and can’t use the pitch as an excuse,” he said.

“If we play on it, so be it and we need to get a result, we know it’ll be tough but Andorra are the minnows of the group and we’ve got to win the game, even if we have to play in a car park.

“We must make a good start to this group.”

Meanwhile, Wales Under-21s manager Geraint Williams has called up Barnsley goalkeeper Christian Dibble for the final Euro qualifiers in Finland and Lithuania next month.

Dibble, 20, is the son of former Luton, Manchester and Wales goalkeeper Andy, from Cwmbran, and is one of five uncapped players in an 18-man squad alongside defender Jordan Williams, midfielders Josh Sheehan and Theo Wharton and forward Bradley Reid.

Captain Lee Lucas and Billy Bodin miss out through injury and the absence of Manchester United striker Tom Lawrence and Fulham winger George Williams suggests they will be part of Chris Coleman's senior squad for the opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

Wales conclude their Group 1 fixtures against Finland in Turku on September 5 and Lithuania in Alytus four days later.

Wolves’ Lee Evans is again in the squad after making a particularly impressive start to life in the Championship, the former Newport County teenager earning rave reviews for his performance at the weekend against Cardiff City.

Williams' side are out of the running for a place in the finals in the Czech Republic next summer having taken 10 points from eight games, well behind group leaders England who have 22 points from eight games and have already won the section.

Squad: Dibble (Barnsley), Ward (Liverpool), Alfei (Swansea), Fox (Charlton), Hewitt (Ipswich), John (Cardiff), Ray (Crewe), Walsh (Crawley), Williams (Liverpool), Edwards (Crawley), L Evans (Wolves), Isgrove (Southampton), O'Sullivan (Cardiff), Sheehan (Swansea), Wharton (Cardiff), Burns (Bristol City), Harrison (Bristol Rovers), Reid (Wolves). Stand-by: Richards (Cardiff), Tancock (Swansea), Yorwerth (Cardiff), Bray (Swansea), J Evans (Fulham), H Jones (Swansea), G Jones (Everton), J Pritchard (Gillingham), Waters (Crewe), Cassidy (Wolves), Ogleby (Livingston), Hedges (Swansea).


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