Wales duty for Hammers duo

Jack Collison and Danny Gabbidon have been named in the Wales squad for their Carling Nations Cup fixtures against Scotland and Northern Ireland later this month.

Gary Speed has called-up the West Ham United pair for the fixtures, which will both be played at the recently-opened Aviva Stadium in Dublin this coming Wednesday and Friday respectively.

Wales will be eager to bounce back to winning ways, having lost their opening match in the four-nation tournament 3-0 to hosts Republic of Ireland.

Gabbidon has earned 43 senior caps for his country since making his debut against Czech Republic during the 2001/02 season. The defender recently returned to international duty at the behest of manager Speed following a short-lived retirement.

Collison, meanwhile, will return to the Wales fold for the first time since starting the 1-0 home friendly defeat by Sweden in Cardiff in March 2010 - the last match the midfielder started before being ruled out for more than a year with a knee injury. The 22-year-old has earned seven senior caps in total.

Republic of Ireland and Scotland currently top the Nations Cup table with three points each from their opening matches, while Wales and Northern Ireland have yet to get off the mark.

Republic of Ireland face Northern Ireland on Tuesday 24 May before rounding out their campaign - and the tournament as a whole - against Scotland on Sunday 29 May.

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