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Gareth Bale has returned to the Wales squad selected by absent manager Ryan Giggs. Skipper Bale missed Wales' October games against England, the Republic of Ireland and Bulgaria with a knee injury which delayed his Tottenham debut following his season-long loan move from Real Madrid.

But Bale is back in a 29-man squad which was selected by Giggs before his arrest on suspicion of assaulting a woman on Sunday night.

Giggs was arrested and later bailed over an alleged row with "on-off girlfriend" Kate Greville at his Manchester home on Sunday.

A statement released on behalf of Giggs said he denied "all allegations of assault made against him".

The 46-year-old's assistant Robert Page will be in charge for the three games and will be supported by Arsenal coach Albert Stuivenberg.

Wales, who are top of Nations League Group B after three wins and a draw, are without first-choice goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, and his deputy Adam Davies, through injury.

Tom Lawrence features in a Wales squad for the first time this year after summer surgery.

England call for 'Irish' trio

England boss Gareth Southgate has named former Ireland underage caps Declan Rice, Jack Grealish and Michael Keane in his squad for a clash with the Republic of Ireland at Wembley next week.

England play Ireland ahead of Nations League games against Iceland and Belgium and while Keane and Rice were expected to get a call, Grealish has also kept his place in a strong squad named today by Southgate.

Keane was capped at U-17 level by Ireland before a switch to England while Rice and Grealish both won U-21 caps for Ireland, Rice also capped at senior level, before their defection.


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