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Welsh football club chairman criticises Wales squad ahead of qualifiers

01 Jun 2023 2 minute read
Mike Harris, chairman of TNS (Credit: TNS)

A Welsh Premier League chairman has taken aim at Robert Page’s Euro 2024 squad selection – for its lack of representation from the Cymru Premier League.

Mike Harris, chairman of TNS, has slammed the Cymru set up for not including any players from the top flight of Welsh domestic football.

Page’s men will take on Armenia and Turkey later month as they look to secure qualification for Euro 2024 in Germany.

When Page announced his 25-man squad at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Llandovery, Harris reacted by stating it was now time for a player from the Welsh domestic system to be rewarded with an international call up.

Wales remain one of very few nations in elite football to not select a player from its own domestic league.

Robert Page. Picture by Mike Egerton / PA Wire

The New Saints Chairman said: “Following the announcement of the Wales National Team squad for the upcoming European qualifiers, it is extremely disappointing that Wales remains one of few nations in world football ranked inside the top 50 to not have a player selected from its own domestic top flight.

“It is crucial for the development, exposure and future of the sport in Wales that there are opportunities for those who ply their trade in their home country to have the opportunity to pull on their country’s shirt. TNS are at the forefront of developing the next generation of talent within the Welsh domestic game, having been awarded Category A academy status, alongside two other Welsh domestic clubs, meaning we provide the very best provision possible to nurture the next generation of players through the system.”

Harris added: “The recent training camp squad selection was a fantastic chance for a player from the Welsh Premier League to gain the opportunity to be in and around the national team. There is so much talent in the country that deserves that opportunity, which in turn would have enhanced the awareness and reputation of domestic football within Wales. We are committed to working with the FAW both now and in the future to ensure there is a pathway from the domestic league to running out in the famous red shirt of Wales.”

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Ed Jones
Ed Jones
10 months ago

An interesting call, has he any suggestions as to who may actually be good enough?

Arfon Jones
Arfon Jones
10 months ago

If the New Saints played in the English Pyramid system they would probably be in Tier 6 if that.
What would his expectation of Southgate and the England squad be?

JP Power
JP Power
10 months ago

Why cant two off the best players from each CPL side, train with the Welsh squad? Rotate around the clubs , and every Welsh training session would have two players from differant CPL Clwbs. This would definatley bring the domestic game on.

Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas
10 months ago

That man is just a publicity seeker for himself and his, notionally Welsh for convenience, football team.
He moans about everything, last time he complained that the Welsh Cup final was going to be at Bangor and not Cardiff. Maybe if it was going to get a crowd that justified the capacity they might have; but that’s never going to come from his lot.
I was at the Cup Final this season, as a neutral but cheering on Bala. Sadly it was no contest, but of the 1200 odd fans, less than 100 appeared to be with TNS.

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