Wales new captain Collins calls previous Welsh displays sub standard



New Wales captain, James Collins, hopes the captaincy given to him by new manager Gary Speed will inspire him and the team onto better things.

The Villa centre-back will lead Wales out for Speeds first game in charge when they play the Republic of Ireland in Dublin this week.

Collins is keen to show he was the right choice to be the new captain.

“I have not been overly happy with the way I’ve played for Wales for a while,” he said. “I know I need to improve.”

Speed has named Collins captain for this game, before making a final decision later in the month. Bellamy was previously captain but gave it up as he couldn’t commit to playing every game due to his knee problems.

Collins has been widely tipped for the full time role, and his performances for Aston Villa this season have been of the highest standard.

“I am now one of the older players in the squad,” said Collins.

“I probably haven’t lead by example with my performances on the pitch as much as I’d have liked.

“I hope having the captaincy will bring the best out of me as it is a massive honour for me to captain my country.

“So hopefully I can start leading by example on Tuesday.

“I was delighted the manager has given me the honour and I hope it continues. It is always nice to be captain.”

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