Collins committed to Wales - Coleman

  • Last Updated: August 30 2012, 7:33 BST

Wales manager Chris Coleman has no doubt James Collins is fully committed to his country.

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Centre-back Collins has not played for Wales since the Euro 2012 qualifier against England in March 2011 and withdrew from the squad for the friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina earlier this month.

Coleman said at the time the player's absence was down to a suspected hernia, which could have required surgery.

The 29-year-old went on to start both of West Ham's Premier League fixtures so far this season, although Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has admitted he has been nursing a groin problem.

Collins has been included in Coleman's squad for the opening World Cup qualifiers against Belgium and Serbia, but the injury niggles that have limited his involvement had led to speculation international retirement was on the horizon.

But, when asked if he thought Collins was committed to Wales, Coleman said: "He has not told me any different. If a player had had enough of playing international football and said 'don't pick me' it's up to them.

"But I have not heard that from James Collins. He turned up for the Costa Rica game but tweaked a calf in training and couldn't play, and I left him out of the Mexico game so I could take a look at some of the younger players.

"He has started the season at a new club, he is playing Premier League football, I have had no indication he does not want to play and until I get that I will be looking to select James."

While Joe Ledley, David Vaughan, Jack Collison and Wayne Hennessey all miss out through injury, Coleman does have Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Craig Bellamy and Joe Allen fit and available.

Playmaker Allen has made an encouraging start to life at Liverpool following his £15million move from Swansea, and excelled in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Manchester City.

With Belgium boasting a midfield including Chelsea's stylish new signing Eden Hazard and Everton's Marouane Fellaini, Coleman hopes Allen's form for the Reds will translate into another strong display in the crucial opening qualifier in Cardiff.

"Joe played very well against Manchester City," he said. "He was bossing midfields for Swansea last season, but there is more pressure at Liverpool for every game - it's a cup final as everyone wants to beat you.

"It was a great performance against City, and I watched him in the game against Hearts where he came on late on and changed the game.

"He is always available for a pass and is willing to receive the ball in any area of the pitch and that is an advantage for everyone.

"He is terrific and if he is playing well for Liverpool in the company he is in there, it can only be good for us."