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16-year old son of ex-Ireland underage midfielder named in Wales World Cup qualifier squad

The good news is that Gareth Bale is back for Chris Coleman’s side.

Ethan Ampadu joined Chelsea from Exeter City.
Ethan Ampadu joined Chelsea from Exeter City.
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CHRIS COLEMAN HAS named 16-year old Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu in his 25-man squad for Wales’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The Welsh take on Austria in Cardiff on Saturday, 2 September before travelling to Moldova three days later and Ampadu could be set to win his first senior cap.

The ex-England underage star is the son of former Ireland U21 player, Kwame Ampadu.

The Chelsea youngster is one of six uncapped players in the squad alongside Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn, Barnsley’s Adam Davies, Norwich City striker Marley Watkins, Wolves midfielder Lee Evans and Bristol Rovers defender Tom Lockyer.

Gareth Bale returns from the suspension that kept him out of June’s 1-1 draw with Serbia while Joe Allen also makes the squad despite being forced out of the Austria game through suspension.

Wales play Ireland in their final Group D game on 9 October.

The squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Liverpool), Adam Davies (Barnsley).

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Defenders: Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), James Chester (Aston Villa), Neil Taylor (Aston Villa), Chris Gunter (Reading), Jazz Richards (Cardiff City), James Collins (West Ham United), Tom Lockyer (Brostol Rovers), Ashley Williams (Everton), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea).

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Stoke City), David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Andy King (Leicester City), Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joe Ledley (Unattached), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace).

Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Marley Watkins (Norwich City), Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion), Sam Vokes (Burnley), Tom Lawrence (Derby County), Ben Woodburn (Liverpool).

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