Wales recall chance excites Collins

Collins has been out of the international fold for the past

three-and-a-half years, but his recent form has impressed temporary

boss Brian Flynn. The 30-year-old centre-back is set to be called

up for Wales’ crucial matches against Bulgaria and Switzerland

during the next fortnight. Wales kicked off their qualifying

campaign with the 1-0 defeat in Montenegro which forced the change

of manager. Collins was originally frozen out of the set-up

following a difference of opinion with John Toshack. However, Flynn

is expected to recall the former Sunderland man following a string

of impressive displays since he ousted Danny Higginbotham from the

starting XI after Stoke’s opening-day defeat at Wolves. Flynn was

at Stoke’s training ground recently, and Collins revealed: “I spoke

to him while he was here and everything was OK. “He asked me if I

had retired. I said ‘no’ and he said ‘fine’. “I’d love to play for

Wales again. When I last did it was as left-back, but I’ll have to

wait to see where he wants me to play.” Collins underlined his

decent form with a solid display during Sunday’s 2-1 victory at

Newcastle. “It’s been nice to be part of a team going on a bit of a

run,” Collins added. “We’re not playing great, but we’re grafting

results out.”