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West Ham United defender James Collins has angered Wales manager Chris Coleman by refusing to join-up with his international team-mates at short notice. 

Collins was not selected by Coleman for Wales' two recent World Cup qualifiers and when he was asked by the Wales boss to travel to Serbia and replace the suspended Ashley Williams and the injured Sam Ricketts, Collins refused. 

Coleman had to play Swansea defender Ben Davies at centre-half, a position he has not played before.

Wales were comprehensively beaten 3-0 on Tuesday night and according to the Mail, Coleman, although upset by Collins' behaviour, knows his absence was the not the reason for the defeat. 

"James Collins is not the reason we lost," said the former Fulham manager. "The reason we lost is we were outplayed by a better team and we didn't perform and that's something we need to look at."

Collins supposedly blamed his psychological state for his refusal to join the squad, an excuse Coleman believes represents the wrong attitude. 

"James explained to me that he didn't want to come into the squad after being on stand-by because psychologically he was disappointed, but that's not the attitude I'm looking for," he added. 

Wales are now bottom of Group A after Scotland grabbed a late winner against Macedonia. Coleman's side have lost all their matches apart from the two wins against Gordon Strachan's side. 

Coleman will be disappointed with the campaign, and with Collins, but the manager knows what he expects from the players he does not select. 

He concluded: "I'd rather someone turns around to me and says, 'I should be in the squad, you got it wrong and I'm going to roll my sleeves up to prove you wrong'. That's what I'm looking for and I didn't get that." 


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