Coleman calls up Huws

Wales manager Chris Coleman is looking forward to seeing Emyr Huws press his case for international action, he said on Monday, as former international striker John Hartson tipped the side to qualify for UEFA EURO 2016.

The absence through injury of Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey has led Coleman to call up uncapped midfielder Huws, on loan to Birmingham City from Manchester City, for next month's friendly international against Iceland in Cardiff.

"He is a young player who deserves his chance," Coleman told reporters on Monday. "He has done very well through the ranks at Manchester City and now, recently, has really done well on loan at Birmingham City.

"With Aaron Ramsey still being unavailable, it is a good chance to have Emyr with us and show us what he can do in training," added Coleman, whose latest squad does include Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

Meanwhile, former Wales striker Hartson backed Coleman's side to end the country's long wait for an appearance at a major final by qualifying for the 2016 European Championships in France.

Not since 1958, when they reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup™ in Sweden, have Wales made it through to a major tournament.

Wales, who are ranked 51st in the world, again face Belgium and also take on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra in qualifying Group B.

"I think Wales have a number of top-class players and have some exceptional young talent mixed with the experience of James Collins and captain Ashley Williams," Hartson told YouTube-based sports chat show Sportlobster TV.

"They are certainly good enough to qualify for the next campaign, which is the European Championships.

"They will need to have all of their best players playing together on the same pitch and so must avoid injuries and suspensions.

"Hopefully, Chris Coleman and the boys will do it, because in the past Wales haven't been able to get over the line, which is a shame."

Wales only finished above Macedonia in their 2014 World Cup qualifying group, which included Croatia and Belgium, despite two wins against rivals Scotland.

Wales squad to play Iceland in Cardiff on 5 March
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace/ENG), Glyn Myhill (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers/ENG)

Defenders: James Collins (West Ham United/ENG), Ben Davies (Swansea City), Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace/ENG), Chris Gunter (Reading/ENG), Adam Matthews (Celtic/SCO), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Samuel Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City)

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Liverpool/ENG), Jack Collison (West Ham United/ENG), Emyr Huws (Manchester City, loan Birmingham City/ENG), Andy King (Leicester City/ENG), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace/ENG), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace/ENG)

Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/ESP), Simon Church (Charlton Athletic/ENG), Jermaine Easter (Millwall/ENG), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading/ENG), Sam Vokes (Burnley/ENG)