Coleman suggests controversial incident has made Collins a better player

Wales manager Chris Coleman has suggested that West Ham United defender James Collins has become more appreciative of his country.

Wales boss Chris Coleman has been quoted by the Barry and District News suggesting an incident between himself and West Ham United defender James Collins has made the player value his country even more.

Coleman and Collins fell out when the Wales boss claimed the Hammers star had refused to be called up when listed as a standby player.

However, Coleman suggests the problems are now behind them with Collins a key and experienced figure in the current Wales setup during the international break.

“It’s great that he is with us and I think that perhaps what happened has helped him value playing for Wales even more,” said Coleman.

“His presence and personality are going to be very important going forward - He was brilliant in the last camp.”

Collins has extra incentive to do well during the break, because it will improve his position when he heads back to West Ham United.

The Welshman may be down the pecking order behind the likes of James Tomkins and Winston Reid, with the possible arrival of Fabian Schar also providing extra competition through the middle of the back four.

However, Collins provides that experience and injects that no nonsense element of defending into any defence.

He’s a key figure that other players look up to at both international and club level and he needs to put himself into a good position to be competitive in relation to West Ham’s squad for the rest of the season.

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