Wales failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup despite winning three of their last four qualifiers

Wales will play in the the China Cup in March 2018 along with Uruguay and the Czech Republic.

The competition was held for the first time in January 2017 between Chile, Croatia and Iceland and hosts China.

The prospect of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale travelling to the Far East to take part is thought to be a major factor in Wales being invited.

Wales would be guaranteed two matches – a semi-final and a final or third-place play-off.

The games, which take place in Nanning in the south of China, fall within Fifa’s scheduled international window between 19 and 27 March.

But the Football Association of Wales had to consider the implications of a 12,000-mile round trip before accepting the invitation.

They squad must be back in the UK in time for the players to rejoin their clubs before the Premier League and Championship fixtures resume on 31 March.

Chile beat Iceland to win the inaugural China Cup, while China finished third after beating Croatia in the third-place play-off.


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