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Vokes Relishing Wales Return

24 March 2015

Sam Vokes says he is relishing his return to the Wales squad ahead of their Group B UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel.

The Clarets forward was named in Chris Coleman’s squad for the first time since his comeback from a cruciate ligament injury and last played for Wales in March 2014, when he netted in the 3-1 friendly victory over Iceland.

Vokes celebrates his goal against Iceland with his Wales teammates

Wales come up against the side currently occupying pole position in the group and Vokes hopes he can have an impact as they look to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1958.

“I’m delighted with the call-up and it tops off a good couple of weeks for me after getting my first start back from injury against Manchester City and the great win that came with that.

“It was nearly a year ago since I last played for Wales and the gaffer Chris Coleman was great throughout my injury.

“He always kept in touch and checked up on how my progress was going and I went down there for a week’s camp ahead of the Belgium game and it was good to be amongst the lads.

“I’m looking forward to going back this week and hopefully playing a part.”

Coleman’s men will look to continue their unbeaten start in Group B, having won two and drawn two of the four qualifiers so far.

And Vokes believes the squad travelling for the game at the Sammy Ofer stadium are well aware of the magnitude of the clash.

He added: “It’s a massive game for us because of the way the group is at the minute. The so called bigger teams like Bosnia and Belgium have dropped points and it’s a chance to take
advantage of that.

“To go out to Israel and get some points on the board would be massive for the group.

“It’s great to play alongside players like Bale and it would be great to get a start for Wales because obviously it’s another target I was working towards throughout the injury.

“It’s always a massive honour to play for your country and to get a goal out there would be a big step for me.”

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