Andorra U21 v Wales U21 (Tues)

Ashley Richards
Ashley Richards will win his ninth Wales under-21 cap as captain

Swansea City full-back Ashley Richards will captain Brian Flynn's under-21 team for Wales' opening Uefa Championship qualifier in Andorra.

The 19-year-old will lead young Wales in his ninth under-21 cap as the Welsh hope to start their campaign on a high.

Richards will be alongside Swansea team-mate Daniel Alfei, Cardiff's Adam Matthews and Troy Brown of Ipswich Town in the Welsh defence in Andorra.

Wales are without Swans midfielder Joe Allen who has a shoulder problem.

Andorra are Wales' first opponents in qualifying campaign for the 2013 Uefa Under-21 Championship in Israel.

Wales also share Group Three with Armenia, Montenegro and the Czech Republic.

Wales warmed up for the game with a 2-0 friendly victory over Northern Ireland Under-21 at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground in February.

Brian Flynn's side missed out on the play-offs for this year's final tournament after losing to Italy in their final group game last September.

Andorra finished bottom of their qualifying group, their only point coming courtesy of a 1-1 draw at home against the Faroe Islands.

Their last outing was a 1-0 home defeat to Latvia in the final match of the group in September 2011.

Wales Under-21 side to play Andorra at Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella, Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 (1500 BST): Rhys Taylor, Adam Matthews, Ashley Richards (captain), Lee Lucas, Daniel Alfei, Troy Brown, Jake Taylor, Joe Partington, Ryan Doble, Elliott Chamberlain, Jonathan Williams

Subs: David Cornell, Tom Bender, Joe Walsh, Billy Bodin, Nathan Craig, Robert Ogleby, Jake Cassidy