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INTERNATIONAL EXILES | Lewis Collins included in Wales under-21 squad for Republic of Ireland friendly

16 March 2021

Newport County AFC midfielder Lewis Collins has been called up to the Wales under-21 squad for their friendly against the Republic of Ireland.

After missing out on qualification for the UEFA Euro Under-21 Championships, Collins and his international team-mates will now prepare for their next set of qualifiers, which commence in June, with a friendly later this month.

Wales welcome the Republic of Ireland to Colliers Park in Wrexham for the first meeting between the two sides at under-21 level, with kick-off scheduled for 1pm on Friday 26th March.

The friendly will give Collins and his team-mates a chance to prepare for the UEFA Euro 2023 Under-21 qualifying round. Paul Bodin's side have been drawn alongside the Netherlands, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Moldova and Gibraltar in Group E.

It is the second time that Collins has been included in Bodin's squad after he was called up for Wales' Euro Under-21 qualifier against Belgium in October.

The midfielder, who has also represented Wales at under-17 and under-19 level, made his under-21s bow as a second-half substitute against the Red Devils in Leuven.

You can watch the match against the Republic of Ireland for free on the FAW Facebook and YouTube channels.

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