Wales coach Robert Page is set to announce his 26-man squad for the World Cup today, Wednesday 9 November 2022, which will be Wales’ first World Cup squad in 64 years. Page has already indicated that he has decided on who he will join in Qatar, and the much-anticipated announcement will be made to the public at Tylorstown Welfare Hall, the last remaining miners’ welfare hall in the Rondaach Valley.
There will be some fitness concerns among those likely to be named to the squad, namely Wales captain and former Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale. While it is still quite certain that the 33-year-old will be Qatar’s captain, he is said to be not 100% fit, despite scoring the crucial goal in his current team’s MLS Cup win over Philadelphia Union.
The former Tottenham star has been integral to Wales’ recent success and has also qualified for three of the past four Grand Slams, but Bale has made just two appearances and 11 substitute appearances with LAFC since joining him in June.
Another fitness concern is Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen, who has not featured for his club since injuring his hamstring in September. His coach, Russell Martin, has confirmed that Allen will not play for his team before the World Cup in the hope that he will get back in shape before Qatar.
Here’s everything you need to know about Wales’ announcement of the World Cup…
When will the team announce?
Paige will announce the team shortly after 7 PM BST this evening, Wednesday, November 9. The event is set to take place at a special event in Taylorstown, the birthplace of the Wales manager, in the Ronda Valley
How do you see the ad?
The special event will be available to watch on BBC One Wales and the program will begin at 7pm BST. BBC iPlayer It will also show coverage allowing fans to broadcast the event.
Wales expected lineup at the World Cup:
- goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessy (Nottinghamorest); Danny Ward (Leicester City); Adam Davies (Sheffield United)
- Defenders: Conor Roberts (Burnley); Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur); Joe Rodon (Rain); Chris Mepham (Bournemouth); Ethan Ampadu (Spezia); Chris Gunther (Wimbledon); Nico Williams (Nottinghamorest); Ben Kabango (Swansea City)
- Midline: Joe Allan (Swansea City); Joe Morrell (Portsmouth); Aaron Ramsey (Nice); Dylan Levitt (Dundee United); Johnny Williams (Swindon Town); Matt Smith (MK Dons); Robin Colwell (Cardiff City); Sorba Thomas (Huddersfield)
- Attackers: Harry Wilson (Fulham); Gareth Bale (LAFC); Dan James (Fulham); Brennan Johnson (Nottinghamorest); Kiefer Moore (Bournemouth); Tyler Roberts (QPR)
What is the first match for Wales in the World Cup?
Wales begins its World Cup campaign on Monday, November 21, 2022, with its match against the United States of America. Al Rayyan Stadium will host the match, which kicks off at 7pm GMT, and will be available to watch on ITV1 and ITVHub. Next, they will face Iran onriday 25 November with a kick-off time of 10am, before their highly anticipated match against England takes place on Tuesday 29 November 2022.
Al Rayyan Stadium will also host its match against England, which begins at 7pm, and will be available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.