Football: Wales look to youngsters

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Wales coach Bobby Gould will take the principality's most inexperienced squad for years to play Belgium in Brussels tomorrow night.

Captain or not, much rests on Ryan Giggs, as Wales are without captain Gary Speed and Mark Hughes through suspension, and Gould will probably leave Neville Southall and Dean Saunders on the bench to give youth its head. That would mean Wales missing players with 259 caps between them against a Belgian side needing a win to reach the World Cup finals.

It seems likely Gould will throw keeper Paul Jones (one cap), Rob Edwards (one), Robbie Savage (one), Robert Page (four), Steve Jenkins (seven) and Ceri Hughes (seven) into the fray. Even the front two, Nathan Blake and John Hartson, with 17 caps between them, are hardly brimming over with experience. A crash course in international football is on the cards.