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Davies had withdrawn from this week’s friendly against Luxembourg.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withdrawn from Wednesday’s friendly in Llanelli with a hamstring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.