Will Vaulks: Rotherham United midfielder named in Wales squad

Will Vaulks
Will Vaulks was sent off in his latest appearance for Rotherham, against Sheffield United on 9 March
International friendly: Wales v Trinidad & Tobago
Venue: Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham Date: Wednesday, 20 March Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary; also highlights on BBC One Wales

Wales have handed a first call-up to Rotherham midfielder Will Vaulks for the friendly against Trinidad and Tobago and their first Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia.

Wales manager Ryan Giggs watched the 25-year-old play in Rotherham's 3-2 win over Blackburn earlier this month.

Vaulks was born on the Wirral and previously played for Tranmere, Workington and Falkirk.

He joined Rotherham in 2016 and qualifies for Wales through his mother.

"I've watched him and Pagey [Under-21 manager Rob Page] has watched him. He's done really well," Giggs said.

"It's been an interesting journey for Will. Released by Tranmere, he was in the system in Wales at 15,16 then went up to Scotland and came back down to England and is now captain of Rotherham.

"It's a fantastic story and just proves never give up and I'm really looking forward to him meeting up. He's got a lot to offer."

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is included in the squad having suffered an injury to his ankle in the closing stages of his club's Champions League defeat against Ajax.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in September 2013

"I was worried as everyone watching the game but it was just a kick and he should be fine," Giggs added.

"He's a fantastic player and like I've said in the past when Gareth turns up he gives everyone a lift - the staff, the fans, the players."

Wales face Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly at Wrexham on 20 March, four days before hosting Slovakia in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier in Cardiff.

Aston Villa defender James Chester, on-loan Derby midfielder Andy King and unattached midfielder Joe Ledley all miss out through injury.

There could be a competitive debut for Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo, who won his first cap in November's friendly defeat against Albania.

Aston Villa left-back Neil Taylor could feature for the first time under Giggs having missed the last two matches through injury.

Giggs confirmed 34-year-old defender Ashley Williams, on loan at Stoke City from Everton, will continue as skipper having succeeded Aaron Ramsey in 2012.

"As long as Ashley is in the squad he will be captain," said Giggs.

"I have said that in the past. He is the captain going into the campaign.

"I think he is enjoying it at Stoke. I spoke to Nathan Jones [Stoke manager] - he is really happy with him. I am actually going to the game on Wednesday, Derby v Stoke.

"Hopefully he will be involved in that. He is happy where he is at and he is enjoying his football."

Wales squad:

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester), Adam Davies (Barnsley), Chris Maxwell (Charlton, on loan from Preston)

Defenders: Ashley Williams (Stoke, on loan from Everton), Chris Gunter (Reading), Neil Taylor (Aston Villa), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Connor Roberts (Swansea), James Lawrence (Anderlecht), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Paul Dummett (Newcastle), Declan John (Swansea)

Midfielders: Ryan Hedges (Barnsley), Joe Allen (Stoke), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Ben Woodburn (Liverpool), Harry Wilson (Derby, on loan from Liverpool), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Matt Smith (FC Twente, on loan from Manchester City), Lee Evans (Wigan), Daniel James (Swansea), Will Vaulks (Rotherham), George Thomas (Scunthorpe, on loan from Leicester)

Forwards: Rabbi Matondo (Schalke), Sam Vokes (Stoke), Tom Lawrence (Derby), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Tyler Roberts (Leeds)