“Ginge” coming in from the cold

"Ginge" is no choirboy

“Ginge” is no choirboy

James Collins is in line to play  for Wales in tomorrow’s Euro 2016 semi final against Portugal.

It will be the first time he has made a starting line up for his nation since March 2015, because first-choice Ben Davies is suspended.

‘Ginge’ and manager Chris Coleman had a colossal fall out when the Irons central defender made himself unavailable for international selection last year.

He publicly contradicted Coleman’s claim he had turned down the chance to join the squad as a late call-up for a World Cup qualifier against Serbia in September.

Coleman revealed at the time: “We had a coffee in the middle of St David’s Shopping Centre so it could not kick off.”

He then described the 32 year old as “no choirboy”.

Coleman said: “Professional players are different to my day, but Ginge is the closest to my era I have seen in the modern-day player. He is older than most of our boys. He has been there and seen it. He has that experience and is a bit different.

“They can’t all be like choirboys. You need something in there that’s a little bit different and he is that.

“But if the big man slots in, I won’t have any worries. He knows the drill, he knows what’s needed and I’m sure he’ll give us whatever he’s got.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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