Lincoln City midfielder Joe Morrell is envisioned as a potential Wales start to Euro 2020 after one of his international teammates was seriously injured.
Wales legend Joe Allen is expected to miss the rest of the season and the European Championships this summer after breaking an Achilles in Stoke City’s 5-1 victory over Hull City on Saturday. Fans can buy Wales Euro Cup Tickets online.
While losing a key player like Allen is a big blow for Wales, it also represents an opportunity for someone like Morrell, who is on loan from Bristol City, to step up.
His excellent form for the Imps had already made him a regular on the team of Ryan Giggs, the 23-year-old player starting the last two qualifiers for Wales for Euro 2020.
And our colleagues at Wales Online have nominated him as a solid candidate to replace Allen in the starting lineup for the Euros, where Wales will face Italy, Turkey, and Switzerland in the group stage.
Journalist Tom Coleman wrote that Morrell is already firmly on the radar and played alongside Allen in the 2-0 win over Hungary in November.
“He would likely have been included in the Giggs Euro 2020 team regardless of Allen’s physical form, but one would now expect him to play a more important role in their next countryside.”
Joe performs as a ready-to-play additional, but since he only has five caps for his country, and most of his football has been in Ligue 1 with Lincoln this season, there will inevitably be questions about his experience at this level.
The other options identified are Ethan Ampadu (RB Leipzig, on loan from Chelsea), Will Vaulks (Cardiff City), Matt Smith (Charlton Athletic, on loan from Manchester City), Andy King (Huddersfield Town, on loan from Leicester City), Jonny Williams ( Charlton) and Dylan Levitt (Manchester United).
Morrell will have the opportunity to file a complaint in Wales’ friendly matches against Austria and the United States later this month. Wales’s final warm-up match before the tournament will be against the Netherlands on 6 June.
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