Over the past few weeks, a lot has been made about the first ever C International Match vs England that’s coming up. With both squads now announced, we run through the players picked by Wales, possible lineups, information on the management team and a brief glimpse at our opponents.
The person chosen to manage the side is Mark Jones, who’s no stranger to Welsh domestic football having previously had managerial spells at Carmarthen Town and Port Talbot Town. Jones will be assisted by former Wales international Owain Tudur Jones, who takes on his first coaching role having played for a number of clubs including Porthmadog, Bangor City, Swansea City and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, before having to retire due to a persistent knee injury.
Mark Jones and Owain Tudur Jones have named 2 goalkeepers in their squad, with Bala Town’s Ashley Morris named alongside Barry Town United’s Mike Lewis as the two members.
In defence, Kai Edwards and Mike Pearson have both been called up from Connah’s Quay Nomads, and the duo will be linking up with Connall Rawlinson from The New Saints, Chris Hugh from Barry Town United, T Craig Williams from Newtown, and Naim Arsan from Cefn Druids. Arsan is no stranger to representing Wales on the international stage, having represented the Welsh National Futsal team.
In midfield, prolific midfield goalscorer Chris Venables links up with the squad from Bala Town, Aeron Edwards joins from The New Saints, Jay Owen from Connah’s Quay Nomads, Jordan Cotterill from Barry Town United and Danny Gosset from Bangor City.
Eliot Evans and Adam Roscrow make up the Cardiff Met contingent in the squad, with John Owen of Aberystwyth Town, Kayne McLaggon of Barry Town United and Toby Jones of Llandudno announced as the other attackers in the squad.
TRAINING WITH SQUAD
Alongside their squad announcements, a training camp was announced by the Football Association of Wales for the weekend of the 17th March. Youngsters Noah Edwards (Prestatyn Town) and Guto Williams (Bangor City) will join up with the squad and take part in the training camp in order to gain experience but will not be eligible for selection in the match.
Judging from the players called up, it is possible to try and predict the way Mark Jones wants his side to line-up. Whilst it’s possible that Mark Jones and Owain Tudur Jones will still be wondering what formation to field, we predict that they will field a 4-2-3-1 formation, as seen below:
With this formation, we’ll likely see Danny Gosset and Aeron Edwards sitting in a deep defensive midfield role, where they can help shield the defence, whilst also trying to control the tempo and possession of the match. Eliot Evans and Adam Roscrow would bring a lot of pace to the wings, and are more than capable of proving a threat. Eliot Evans is actually level on 12 goals with Kayne McLaggon this season, meanwhile Welsh Premier League veteran Chris Venables, has finished as Welsh Premier League top scorer in 3 of the last 4 seasons, so there is plenty of firepower on show for the side.
At the back, T Craig Williams and Naim Arsan are capable at providing an attacking threat, whilst also being solid when defending. In the heart of defence, Connall Rawlinson will be hopeful his reunion with former TNS teammate Kai Edwards will prove to be a successful one. In goal, Ashley Morris has proven himself to be a standout player in recent seasons for Bala Town, and it looks as though he will start ahead of Mike Lewis.
For the upcoming match, England C Manager Paul Fairclough has announced a 16-man squad, which is below:
Goalkeepers: James Montgomery (Gateshead) Grant Smith (Boreham Wood)
Defenders: Louis John (Sutton United) Daniel Jones (Barrow) James Jones (Chester) Sam Ling (Leyton Orient) Josh Staunton (Woking)
Midfielders: Ryan Croasdale (Kidderminster Harriers) James Hardy (AFC Fylde) Jim Kellermann (Aldershot Town) Rob Ramshaw (Spennymoor Town) Josh Rees (Bromley) Tom Walker (Salford City)
Forwards: Jason Gilchrist (Southport) Dan Maguire (Blyth Spartans) Fejiri Okenabirhie (Dagenham & Redbridge)
It’s a very interesting squad for the Three Lions, filled with very capable players. One player to watch looks to be former Burnley youngster Jason Gilchrist, who’s scored in every single match he’s played this season for Southport FC in the Vanarama National League North (13 goals in 13 appearances). Another player who could be a star for the side is Tom Walker, who has made an impressive start to his Salford City career since joining from FC United of Manchester in the January Transfer Window.
Jason Gilchrist is a player Wales will have to keep an eye on when the two sides meet (Photo credit: Southport FC)
The C International match will take place on Tuesday, 20th March 2018 at 7:30pm at the 2,200-seater stadium, Jenner’s Park, in Barry. Both teams will be meeting for the first time.
http://www.faw.cymru/en/news/wales-c-international-squad-announced/ (Football Association of Wales: Owain Tudur Jones and Mark Jones)
http://www.welshpremier.co.uk/news/Wales-C-Squad-Announced/110205/ (Welsh Premier League: Squad)
http://www.thefa.com/news/2018/mar/01/england-c-squad-named-for-wales-game-010318 (English Football Association: Paul Fairclough)
https://southportfc.net/jason-gilchrist-makes-england-c-squad/ (Southport FC: Jason Gilchrist)
http://mcardlesport.co.uk/case-studies/jenner-park/ (McArdle Sport: Jenner Park)