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PNE's Andrew Hughes again misses out on international call-up with Wales

Wales have announced their squad for the upcoming international break – and Preston North End’s Andrew Hughes still hasn’t earned a call-up.

Robert Page’s side take on the Czech Republic and Estonia in October’s international break.

Gareth Bale misses out, with Page naming a 28-man squad that features Huddersfield Town wide man Sorba Thomas.

Thomas has been rewarded for his fine start to the Championship season with a first Wales call-up.

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Hughes misses out again

Another player who has excelled in the opening stages of the Championship season is PNE defender Andrew Hughes.

The 29-year-old has looked very good as a left-sided centre back, moving inside having spent his first three years at PNE as a left back.

Boss Frankie McAvoy has branded Hughes ‘outstanding’, ‘excellent’ and ‘magnificent’ after some impressive displays in recent weeks.

Yet still Wales haven’t given Hughes a call-up.

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Hughes doesn’t have much history with Wales to speak of; Wikipedia notes five caps for Wales at Semi-Pro, Under-18 and Under-23 levels.

James Lawrence isn’t the most popular defender in the Wales squad, but offers a left-footed option at centre back.

That’s what Hughes can provide too. Page has sometimes used a three-man defence, which Hughes is showing he is perfect for with PNE.

Maybe we should just be glad that Hughes doesn’t have to go away on international duty, but it also feels like he deserves some recognition for his form.

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