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James Collins and Chris Coleman make up after Wales spat

Manager Chris Coleman has revealed the background behind his reunion with James Collins in a Cardiff coffee shop.

Coleman and Collins engaged in a war of words after the West Ham defender reportedly refused to be called up off the stand-by list for their game with Serbia in 2013.

Collins denied that, with Coleman hinting that his time as an international player was over before they eventually got together for a public meeting to clear the air.

With James Chester out due to a dislocated shoulder, Collins is set to partner Ashley Williams in their European Qualifier against Israel, and Coleman is glad to have him available after their fall-out.

Coleman said: "I’m glad we had that coffee together. We made sure we had it in the middle of the hotel so it didn’t kick off between us and we could stay civil with the number of people around us.

"But it’s great that he is with us and I think that perhaps what happened has helped him value playing for Wales even more.

"We had our spat, but I have known him since he was a kid and always liked him and when he has been with us he has been right in the middle of everything. His presence and personality are going to be very important going forward.

"He has had to wait for his chance but this is an opportunity for him. He was brilliant in the last camp, as were Danny Gabbidon and Sam Ricketts, who did not play but were great round the dressing room in Brussels.

"That is great for the younger guys because it is good to have advice from senior players. ‘Ginge’ likes the challenge and the atmosphere we will find ourselves in and it will be a dog-fight, which he enjoys."

Coleman also played down security concerns ahead of Wales' first trip to Israel since the two countries met in a play-off qualifier for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Israel have a game in hand on Wales as their fixture with Belgium was postponed last September because of the political situation in the Middle East, but that match will now be played next Tuesday.

"We have not got any extra security to my knowledge," Coleman said. "I did the journey from the airport to the hotel when I was out there last month and we will treat it like any other game.

"We know a lot is going on in certain quarters but there are no worries, there are no extra precautions that we would not usually take."

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