October 3, 2019 / 9:15 AM / 2 months ago

Lawrence named in Wales squad for Euro qualifiers, Ramsey returns

Soccer Football - Championship - Derby County v Luton Town - Pride Park, Derby, Britain - October 5, 2019 Derby County's Tom Lawrence in action Action Images/Ed Sykes

(Reuters) - Derby County forward Tom Lawrence, who was arrested and charged with drink-driving last month, was on Thursday named in the Wales squad for their Euro 2020 qualifying games against Slovakia and Croatia later this month.

The 25-year-old was charged by Derbyshire Police alongside his Derby team mate Mason Bennett following a collision on Sept. 24 as the Championship club’s skipper Richard Keogh sustained a knee injury that ruled him out for the season.

Lawrence played in the second-tier club’s 2-2 draw against Barnsley on Wednesday after missing their 3-2 home win over Birmingham on Saturday.

Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey returns to the 26-man squad after shaking off a hamstring injury that kept out of the first half of their qualifying campaign.

Wales will travel to Slovakia on Oct. 10 before returning to Cardiff to face Group E leaders Croatia three days later.

Manager Ryan Giggs also included fit-again captain Ashley Williams, winger Rabbi Matondo and striker Tyler Roberts.

Wales are fourth out of five teams in their group with six points after four games but have a game in hand on their rivals.

Croatia top the group with 10 points, one more than Slovakia.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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