Belfast Telegraph

Wales can step up without me, maintains Allen


By Phil Blanche

Joe Allen has backed his Wales team-mates to take a big step towards Euro 2020 qualification without him next month.

Allen will miss the crunch clash in Azerbaijan on November 16 after being booked in the 1-1 home draw against Croatia on Sunday.

The influential Stoke midfielder was cautioned four minutes from time, and his third yellow card of the competition means he must sit out the penultimate qualifier in Baku.

"In hindsight, Ben (Davies) was around on my cover and it was a tackle I probably didn't need to make," Allen said after Gareth Bale's 33rd Wales goal had earned them a share of the spoils. "It was an instinctive thing and unfortunately when you're on a tightrope of two yellows there's always that risk.

"I can't play a part in Azerbaijan, which is hugely disappointing. But I'm confident that the lads can take care of business, and hopefully I will be back in the fold for the last one with everything to play for."

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