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Crossley Eyes International Call-Up

On-loan Wednesday goalkeeper Mark Crossley has insisted he will come out of internatioanl retirement to represent Wales if called upon by boss John Toshack.

The Fulham stopper has been in top form since joining Wednesday in November on a loan deal until January and has revealed he is still feeling up to the challenge at the ripe old age of 37.

The Barnsley-born stopper told BBC Sport: 'If Wales have problems I'm only a phone call away and would gladly come back. I stopped for personal reasons. I was going through a divorce and worried about my children.

'As for me, I'm going strong, feeling great, and I'm keen to keep enjoying myself and playing for as long as I can - I'll give up when nobody wants me anymore!'

Crossley was replying to comments made in the media that the goalkeeping position is a huge worry to Wales in the quest to qualify for the European championships - with Paul Jones out-of-favour with Toshack and only youngsters Lewis Price and Jason Brown available as alternatives.

The former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper has made eight international appearances for the Welsh national side before announcing his international retirement.

Crossley also revealed that he is ready to step in to coaching once his playing days are over: 'I'm also taking my coaching badges, so I hope that I can stay in the game at some level after I retire.'

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 6 2006

Time: 11:23AM

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Probably worth a call-up he's been top class for us and hopefully we can keep him after the loan deal ends!
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06/12/2006 12:05:00

there is no way he is better than jason brown.
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06/12/2006 16:40:00

I've not seen him play but I'd imagine he's worth a place in the squad and is better than comedy Paul Jones!
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06/12/2006 23:42:00

Is Brown you fav.. player Josh?
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08/12/2006 16:54:00

He is more than just a good Goalkeeper. He is a charactor. England were a far better team when Gazza was about as he lifted the dressing room. He plays with a smile on his face, and the crowd and his teammate love his attitude. I think we became a bit stale under sturrock, and players were not allowed to express themselves in the dressing room, or on the pitch, lets all remember the early 90's at Hillsborough, when you watched the end of season videos, there was so much Banter between Harkes, Hirst, Palmer, watson, Pearson and co, it must have been an amazing dressing room to be involved in ?
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