Chris Coleman isn’t a happy man, revealing that Newcastle United’s Paul Dummett has knocked him back.
After playing more Championship matches (44 starts and one off bench) than any other Newcastle player this past season, Dummett has turned his back on international football.
Chris Coleman says that Dummett’s agent had called him to make clear he wasn’t interested in being called up any longer.
The Geordie defender has been a regular member of Coleman’s squads but has only been given 32 minutes in two friendlies, the rest of the time sitting out the games.
The player’s name was surprisingly missing after Coleman named his squad for the crucial match against Serbia on 11 June.
Wales are third in qualifying Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and the Republic of Ireland, with all teams having played five of the 10 games so far.
Maybe the key moment was when Paul Dummett was included in a pre-Euro 2016 training camp but was not then selected in the squad for the tournament in France.
Since then he has been included in squads for World Cup qualifiers but never got onto the pitch.
Turning 26 in September, it is surely little surprise that he has had enough of being messed about by Chris Coleman.
Clearly Coleman wanted to include Dummett in this latest squad but if he had gone along as usual, the left-back would have had then only three weeks before Newcastle begin pre-season training (3 July).
“Paul Dummett doesn’t want to play international football, which is a disappointment from our point of view.
“But he has made that decision and we have to abide by that.
“We will get on with the squad of players, the squad who want to play and represent Wales.
“There’s nothing we can do with Paul who’s decided that international football is not the path he wants to go down.
“Sometimes you have to be patient, especially because the team we have at the moment has been hugely successful.
“It is a shame because he’s a good player.
“I haven’t spoken to Paul. His agent rang me up to give me the news.
“I was disappointed but if he doesn’t want to persevere with it then that’s his choice. We’ve got to look after the players who want to play for us”.