Former Canaries midfielder makes surprise return to Wales squad

Andrew Crofts has been called into the Wales squad. Picture: PA

Andrew Crofts has been called into the Wales squad. Picture: PA - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former Norwich City workhorse Andrew Crofts has made a surprise return to the Wales squad at the age of 33.

The tough tackling midfielder has been called into Chris Coleman’s squad after Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey withdrew ahead of Tuesday night’s friendly against Panama in Cardiff.

Crofts has previously won 28 caps but has not played for his country since March 2016, although he did feature as an unused substitute twice later that year.

Currently playing for Scunthorpe United after switching from League One rivals Charlton Athletic at the end of August, Crofts joins a squad which includes Norwich forward Marley Watkins – who is hoping to win his first cap.

Crofts joined Norwich on a free transfer from Brighton in 2010 and played a key role in City’s promotion from the Championship and successful return to the Premier League under Paul Lambert. After eight goals in 70 appearances for the Canaries he returned to Brighton in 2012.

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