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Gareth Bale included in Chris Coleman's Wales squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers

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Gareth Bale has been named in Wales' squad for their crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel after suffering a fitness scare.

Spanish newspaper Marca reported the Real Madrid forward needed a scan on a painful toe following Sunday's goalless Primera Division draw at Sporting Gijon.

But an X-ray revealed only bruising and Wales' talisman Bale, who has scored five goals in the qualifying campaign, takes his place in Chris Coleman's 23-strong squad.

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Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, suspended for the trip to Cyprus on September 3, also misses the Israel game in Cardiff three days later with a hamstring injury.

Defenders Ben Davies and James Collins are both recalled after missing the 1-0 victory over Belgium in June through injury.

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Uncapped Liverpool youngster Jordan Williams, currently on loan at Swindon, is included for the first time.

Unbeaten Wales top Group B with 14 points from six games and victories over Cyprus and Israel would see them qualify for a major tournament for the first time in 58 years.

Wales squad: Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Fon Williams (Inverness), Ward (Liverpool); A Williams (Swansea, capt), Chester (West Brom), Gunter (Reading), Taylor (Swansea), Davies (Tottenham), Collins (West Ham), Henley (Blackburn), Richards (Fulham); Ledley (Crystal Palace), Ramsey (Arsenal), J Williams (Liverpool), King (Leicester), Edwards (Wolves), MacDonald (Bournemouth), Cotterill (Birmingham); Robson-Kanu (Reading), Lawrence (Leicester), Bale (Real Madrid), Church (MK Dons), Vokes (Burnley).

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