Wales have called up Birmingham teenager Jordan James for their Nations League matches


Jordan James’ Welsh father Tony is a former Hereford player
Place: King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels Date: September 22, Thursday Start: 19:45 BST
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Wales have called up Birmingham City teenage midfielder Jordan James for their Nations League games against Belgium and Poland on September 22 and 25 after Joe Allen was ruled out through injury.

Uncapped James, 18, has played for England under-20s and was last week called up for Wales under-21s.

Wales boss Robert Page has promoted James to his squad.

While a travel strain ruled Allen out, defender Ben Davies forced his absence with a minor leg fracture.

Swansea’s Allen and Tottenham’s Davies picked up injuries with their respective clubs.

Davies, 29, will be out for around three weeks after picking up the injury in Spurs’ Champions League defeat at Sporting Lisbon.

Allen came out at Swansea 3-0 Championship win over Hull on Saturday.

Wales travel to Belgium on Thursday followed by Poland three days later.

Spurs manager Antonio Conte has said Davies will not be available for Wales duty.

“He sprained his knee in the game against Sporting Lisbon, and he played with that injury,” Conte told Sky Sports.

“It is not a serious injury, I think (he will return) after the international break because he is not available with the national team.

“But I think after the international break, he will be available for us.”

Allen, 32, missed the start of the season with a hamstring problem he picked up in charge of Wales in June.

But he has quickly established himself as one of Swansea’s key players after returning to the club after leaving Stoke City at the end of last season.

The absence of Davies and the loss of Allen are further blows for Wales manager Page, who is already set to be. Gareth Bale without striker To face Belgium.

Wales are also without injured midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Harry Wilson, and goalkeeper Adam Davies.

Wales’ World Cup campaign kicks off against the USA on November 21.

James has made 10 appearances for Birmingham this season and has previously represented Wales at Under-18 level. Born in Hereford, he qualifies for Wales through his father, former Newport County defender Tony. who also played for Hereford.

Wales are bottom of Group 4 in the A-League with a draw from four games, and Page did not contribute a result. In two of those games he had to play against top second division teams as he was preparing for what would be a historic World Cup game. beat Ukraine

But that requires at least one win from these two games if Wales are to stay in the top tier of the Nations League.