Wales FUME on not being allowed to pick James Lawrence for the World Cup qualifier – despite England Dortmund star Jude Bellingham playing at Wembley – as Germany’s regional Covid restrictions mean the St. Pauli defender can’t leave the UK enter
- Wales has not been able to select James Lawrence for their next qualifying match
- Lawrence had to fly back to Germany because he is not allowed to enter the UK
- Despite also playing in Germany, Jude Bellingham played at Wembley last night
- Bellingham came in the second half of England’s 5-0 win over San Marino
- He could play because the region of Germany where he lives has different rules
Wales is outraged by a Covid loophole that allowed England to choose Jude Bellingham, but Rob Page prevented James Lawrence from calling – even though both play for German clubs.
Coronavirus restrictions meant that Lawrence had to return to Germany after Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier in Belgium, as he was not allowed to enter the United Kingdom.
It was a huge blow to Wales, which was already without fellow defenders Ben Davies and Tom Lockyer due to an injury.
Wales defender James Lawrence had to fly back to Germany for not being able to enter the UK
Despite also playing in Germany, Jude Bellingham was able to play at Wembley on Thursday
Wales was therefore baffled to see Bellingham playing a role in England’s 5-0 win over San Marino at Wembley and consulted government officials, who explained that quarantine regulations in Germany differ from region to region.
As Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham lives in North Rhine-Westphalia, he was allowed to travel, while St. Pauli defender Lawrence was denied permission by authorities in the Hamburg metropolitan region.
“We wanted James to be a part of it, but he falls into a set of rules where we have to send him back,” said Page, who will once again replace manager Ryan Giggs on the sidelines when Wales takes on Mexico in a friendly. Cardiff on Saturday.
St Pauli’s Lawrence will miss the next World Cup qualifier in Wales due to travel restrictions
Southgate was able to play Bellingham because the rules in Germany differ from region to region
‘It is frustrating when we see that other countries have players from Germany and we cannot.
‘But it’s the rules and he hasn’t been able to return to Britain. It adds to the frustration when you see other players who can. ‘
Page also revealed that he had spoken to Giggs after the 3-1 defeat to Belgium and that the former Manchester United winger had played a part in choosing the side for this match, when Chris Gunter took his 100th cap and captain of the team will win.
Wales will play a heavily modified squad as they have one eye on Tuesday’s qualifier against the Czech Republic, which is also in Cardiff.
Wales coach Rob Page admitted it was ‘frustrating when other countries can have players from Germany and we can’t’