COLE FIRED UP FOR COLL & COLL
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WALES boss Chris Coleman has defended Jack Collison and James Collins after the West Ham pair withdrew from his squad.
Midfielder Collison (knee) and defender Collins (groin) have been replaced by Joel Lynch and Robert Earnshaw for the friendly against Bosnia in Llanelli.
Collison has been dogged by knee problems in recent seasons, while Collins has not played for Wales since the Euro 2012 qualifying defeat by England in March 2011.
The pair came in for criticism from former Wales international Mickey Thomas, but Coleman sprang to their defence.
He said: “I have seen Mickey’s comments, he is paid to give his opinion but I don’t agree.
“Jack Collison has had a serious knee problem, not for six months or 12 months, but for two or three years.
“He has got through games when maybe he shouldn’t have because he wants to play, and he has even come away with Wales when maybe he shouldn’t have.
“But we know Jack very well, he has a lot of desire for football, he loves to play for Wales and we love having him play for Wales – but physically he cannot do it.
“James Collins, we think, has a hernia problem which may need surgery, he can’t play.
“He limped off in a friendly in Portugal for West Ham.
“They are two players who will always be in my thoughts when I am naming my squad.”