Wales’ next generation: the four uncapped players in Rob Page’s squad

Wales Euro 2024 qualifiers squad includes some new, young faces – find out more about them here

A NEW era beckons for the Welsh national team with Rob Page making eight changes to the squad from the winter World Cup.

Gareth Bale announced his retirement on January 9, before Joe Allen, Chris Gunter and Jonny Williams followed suit.

With their collective retirements from international duty, Page has lost 228 caps worth of experience from the camp.

Four other players lost their place from the World Cup squad – Matt Smith, Dylan Levitt and Cardiff City pair Rubin Colwill and Mark Harris.

In their place, Page has called up four uncapped players – Luke Harris (17), Jordan James (18), Ollie Cooper (23) and Nathan Broadhead (24).

Tom Bradshaw (30) will also have the chance to make his first Cymru appearance since 2016. He has three caps to his names.

The average age across the squad is 25.7 years old – younger than the World Cup squad, which had an average age at the time of 26.4 years old and was the seventh youngest in Qatar.

Luke Harris

Luke Harris has been tipped as one for the future of Wales. Credit: Fulham FC

The Jersey-born midfielder has represented Wales at three youth levels, making his debut for the under 19s in 2021.

Still just 17, Harris has impressed for Fulham’s under 21s this season, grabbing 7 goals and 3 assists in 10 appearances in the Premier League 2.

Jordan James

Jordan James has burst into Birmingham City’s first-team. Credit: Jordan James Twitter

Already 6ft 2in, the 18-year-old Birmingham midfielder looks set to be a physical force in Wales’ midfield.

He has made 26 Championship appearances this season and picked up three yellow cards. 

The affectionately named JJ should give Page another option for defensive midfield.

Oliver Cooper

Ollie Cooper was unlucky to miss out on a spot for Qatar. Credit: Swansea City.

There were serious calls for Cooper to make the World Cup squad and plenty of Swansea fans thought that Page made a mistake in not picking the young midfielder.

The 23-year-old is more of an attacking influence than someone like Jordan James. 

He has 5 goals and 2 assists in 32 Championship appearances this season.

Nathan Broadhead

Nathan Broadhead has impressed since signing for Ipswich Town in January. Credit: East Anglian Daily Times.

24-year-old forward Nathan Broadhead was born in Bangor but plays his club football for Ipswich.

He joined Ipswich in January and has scored 4 goals in 10 appearances in League One and can play anywhere across the front line.