Hammers defender Collins refutes Wales snub claims (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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West Ham United defender James Collins denies Wales claims
9:51am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
West Ham United defender James Collins insists he did not refuse to play for Wales this week.
Wales coach Chris Coleman insisted Collins did not want to join up with the squad after being put on stand-by.
But in a statement released, Collins said: "Following reports in the media today I feel obliged to set the record straight as it has been wrongly suggested that I refused to play for my country against Serbia.
"I would like to clarify that I was not contacted by Chris Coleman or anyone at the FAW (Football Association of Wales) to request that I join up with the squad for the Serbia game.
"Had I been asked I would have gladly joined up with my team-mates and represented my country.
'I did have a conversation with Chris to try to seek clarification on why I had been left out of the initial squad for both the Macedonia and the Serbia matches. But at no stage did I state that I would refuse to play for Wales."
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