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Ben Davies: ‘Ryan Giggs criticism is unfair’

Ben Davies insists the criticism of Wales manager Ryan Giggs after hurtful back-to-back Euro 2020 qualifying defeats is unfair. Wales’ hopes of making the finals next summer were dealt a severe setback with losses to Croatia and Hungary in the space of four days. Giggs’ side now trail Group E leaders Hungary by six points, albeit with a game in hand, and are three adrift of Slovakia and Croatia in the race for a top-two spot. Ryan Giggs is under pressure after successive defeats dropped Wales to fourth place in their Euro 2020 qualifying group (Joe Giddens/PA) The Old Trafford great has had to shoulder the blame from most Welsh fans puzzled by the fact he has not profited from the attacking talents of Gareth Bale, David Brooks and new Manchester United winger Daniel James. R...

Davies: Time is not on our side

Ben Davies has warned that Ryan Giggs’ youngsters must grow up fast on the international stage or Wales’ Euro 2020 qualification ambitions will perish. Wales meet Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday in a game which has taken on added importance after the weekend’s Group E results. Hungary moved to the top of the section by winning 3-1 in Azerbaijan, three points ahead of Wales – who have a game in hand – after the Dragons were beaten 2-1 by Croatia. FT | 🇭🇷 2-1 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | #CROWAL Croatia hold on to their lead here in Osijek and confirm the first defeat for #Wales in the #EuropeanQualifiers. #TheRedWall #YWalGoch pic.twitter.com/8aYSlXGAPN — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) June 8, 2019 The youthful nature of Giggs’ side was reflected by the fact that six of the starting XI have made their international bo...

Ben Davies receives late call-up to Wales squad for Euro qualifiers

Tottenham defender Ben Davies has joined up with the Wales squad after originally being ruled out of Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary. Wales manager Ryan Giggs left Davies out of his squad for the two games last week, saying the left-back had been troubled by a groin issue throughout the season. It had been expected the 26-year-old would undergo surgery after Spurs’ involvement in the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday to correct the problem. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿DIWEDDARIAD CARFAN | SQUAD UPDATE🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Ben Davies has met up with the squad this morning after his treatment has been postponed 👍 Croeso i’r camp Ben!#YWalGoch #TheRedWall pic.twitter.com/TeCbdPzoAD — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) June 4, 2019 But a Football Association of Wales statement on Tuesday morn...

Ryan Giggs explains Ben Davies absence

Tottenham defender Ben Davies heads into the Champions League final facing the prospect of summer surgery and will sit out Wales‘ Euro 2020 qualifiers in Croatia and Hungary. Wales manager Ryan Giggs revealed Davies has been troubled by a groin issue this season but he has battled on, with Spurs’ historic campaign ending in Saturday’s European showpiece occasion against Liverpool in Madrid. “Ben has had an issue with his groin throughout the season,” Giggs said as he named a 28-man squad also without injured Juventus-bound midfielder Aaron Ramsey. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 For Croatia (8 June) & Hungary (11 June)… #YWalGoch #TheRedWall #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/L99MGICUAw — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) May 29, 2019 “I left Ben out of the squad back in November...

Gareth Bale in but Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies out of Wales squad

Ryan Giggs’ side face Croatia and Hungary. Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies have been left out of Wales‘ squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary. Juventus-bound midfielder Ramsey was expected to be absent having not played for Arsenal since damaging a hamstring on April 18, while Press Association Sport understands Tottenham want to assess left-back Davies’ recurring groin injury following Saturday’s Champions League final. Forward Gareth Bale, who has not featured for Real Madrid for the last month amid rumours of a fall-out with club manager Zinedine Zidane, is included in the 28-man selection. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 For Croatia (8 June) & Hungary (11 June)… #YWalGoch #TheRedWall #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/L99MGICUAw — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) Ma...

Scott Davies: ‘The only way is up for promotion-chasing Tranmere Rovers’

Goalkeeper Scott Davies is convinced Tranmere are heading in the right direction regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two play-off final. The Wirral side will return to English football’s third tier for the first time since 2014 if they beat Newport at Wembley. The club have endured some tough times since that relegation five years ago, not least when they slipped down further and out of the English Football League altogether in 2015. Three years in the National League followed, but with Mark Palios and his wife Nicola, the club’s owners, turning around a business that was losing £1million a year, the platform was laid for a resurgence. Davies arrived from Fleetwood with the club at their lowest ebb and has played a prominent role in their rise. After mi...

Tom Davies pens new deal with Everton

Davies is the youngest player to captain Everton. England Under-21 international Tom Davies has signed a new four-year deal with Everton, the Premier League club have announced. The 20-year-old made his Premier League debut three years ago and became Everton’s youngest captain this season. A statement on the club’s website read: “Tom Davies has signed a new four-year contract which will keep him at Everton until the end of June 2023. “The England Under-21 international midfielder, who turns 21 in June, became Everton’s youngest captain when he led the Blues in a Carabao Cup tie in August 2018. “Davies has skippered Everton on five further occasions this season, including in Premier League victories over Leicester and Fulham.” He made his first-team...

Dundee’s Andrew Davies suffers broken foot

Dundee defender Andrew Davies has broken his foot for a second time. The former Ross County centre-back’s Dens Park misery has continued just as he was closing in on a debut. The 34-year-old joined Dundee from Hartlepool on an 18-month deal in January but broke a metatarsal bone during a closed doors game days later. Manager Jim McIntyre said: “Andrew Davies has rebroken his metatarsal last week in training. We have been waiting on getting that re-investigated. “He was back to see the specialist last week. We just thought he felt a bit of discomfort but it turns out, after the CT scan, that he’s rebroken it. “So Andrew will be operated on this afternoon (Thursday) and his season’s over basically. “It’s a massive blow for all concerned but non...

Jonathan Davies set to lead Wales against Italy in Rome

Regular skipper Alun Wyn Jones is expected to be on the bench. Jonathan Davies is expected to captain Wales in Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash against Italy. Press Association Sport understands that Scarlets centre Davies will lead his country for the first time. Regular skipper Alun Wyn Jones is set to be on the bench in a much-changed Wales team. Head coach Warren Gatland will name his line-up on Thursday, with Wasps flanker Thomas Young poised to make his Six Nations debut in Rome. Read Next: Adams hails North in the wake of Wales’ winning start >

Celtic can see off Hibs despite lengthy injury list, insists assistant Davies

Assistant manager Chris Davies insists Celtic have the squad to cope with the lengthy list of absentees for the Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Hibernian at Parkhead on Wednesday night. Winger James Forrest, who scored the opener in the 2-0 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Sunday, is having a scan on a hamstring injury and will be out for “a period of time”, while right-back Mikael Lustig and striker Odsonne Edouard are doubts after sustaining Achilles and foot injuries respectively. Defender Kristoffer Ajer is suspended after picking up a late red card in Perth and he joins defenders Tony Ralston, Kieran Tierney and Filip Benkovic and midfielder Tom Rogic on the sidelines. Eboue Kouassi and Daniel Arzani (both knee) are long term absentees, Leigh Griffiths is out of...

Davies happy for Wales to be underestimated ahead of Six Nations

Jonathan Davies is content for Wales to remain under the radar heading into their Guinness Six Nations opener against France. Wales will tackle Les Bleus in Paris on the back of a nine-Test unbeaten run that included winning all four autumn games this season. Victory at Stade de France on Friday would secure a longest winning sequence since 1999, while they have also defeated France six times from the last seven attempts. Warren Gatland’s side are on a fine run of form (Ben Birchall/PA) Wales are third favourites with most bookmakers to land a first Six Nations title for six years, and some observers have already billed Saturday’s clash between Ireland and England as a championship decider. “It doesn’t bother me,” Scarlets centre Davies said. “We’v...

Wales boosted by return of Ross Moriarty, Liam Williams and Gareth Davies

Wales have received a triple boost ahead of Friday’s Guinness Six Nations opener against France in Paris. Wing Liam Williams, scrum-half Gareth Davies and number eight Ross Moriarty are all set to be in the selection mix, increasing head coach Warren Gatland’s resources. Williams has been recovering from a finger injury, while Davies had a thigh strain and Moriarty last played on December 15, with concussion subsequently sidelining him. Dragons forward Moriarty trained with the squad on Monday, though, and Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde said that Williams and Davies are also available. The only confirmed absentees ahead of the Stade de France encounter are full-back Leigh Halfpenny, centre Scott Williams and fly-half Rhys Patchell. But with fly-half Dan Biggar and lock Ada...

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