Fulham’s Davies quits Wales scene

The Football Association of Wales announced on Sunday night that
Davies had withdrawn from this week’s friendly against Luxembourg.
The news is a blow for manager John Toshack ahead of the start of
Euro 2012 qualifying next month. Toshack spoke only on Friday of
the importance of senior players such as Davies, Craig Bellamy and
James Collins to his side’s hopes of qualification. Davies, who
scored six goals for his country, last played for Wales in the
friendly loss to Sweden in March. That, however, had been his first
appearance in almost a year because of injury and the player now
feels he needs to concentrate on affairs at Craven Cottage. A
statement from the FAW read: “During the last 18 months, Davies has
been troubled with a foot injury and he has decided that in order
to prolong his career, he will end his international commitments.
“The FAW would like to take the opportunity of thanking Simon for
his service and wishes him well for the forthcoming season with
Fulham.” Bristol City’s on-loan Wolves striker Sam Vokes has also
withdrawn from Wednesday’s friendly in Llanelli with a hamstring
injury. Sheffield United striker Ched Evans suffered an ankle
injury in his side’s npower Championship opener against Cardiff on
Sunday afternoon and will not train on Monday. Wales were already
without Collins, Lewin Nyatanga, Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey and Jack
Collison due to injury. The FAW have not yet announced whether
Toshack will call up any replacements for the missing players.