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Surprise name in Wolves’ China tour squad

Forgotten man Roderick Miranda is the shock inclusion in the Wolves squad to travel to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy.

The 28-year-old centre back is included in the 26-man playing party who will travel to Asia on Saturday for the week-long trip.

Miranda, who signed for Wolves for £3m from Rui Alves in June 2017, spent last season on loan at Greek side Olympiakos, playing 11 games. Three of those were in the Europa League, which Wolves are to play in later this month.

The Portuguese centre back is still expected to move on this summer, with head coach Nuno Espirito Santo expected to sign another defender before the Premier League campaign starts on August 10.

There is no place in the squad for Bright Enobakhare, who had been hoping to travel, or out-of-favour striker Leo Bonatini. Wing back Matt Doherty is out of the trip after picking up an injury during pre-season training, while Romain Saiss, Raul Jimenez and Rafa Mir are on their breaks after their recent international commitments.

Wolves will face Newcastle in the semi-final in Shanghai on Wednesday July 17, and either Manchester City or West Ham in the final or third-place play-off on Saturday, July 20 in Nanjing.

The squad includes 11 ‘homegrown’ players who have either graduated from Wolves Academy or are still in it. Morgan Gibbs-White is joined by Under-23s Max Kilman, Dion Sanderson, Ed Francis and Niall Ennis, plus from the Under-18s Christian Marques, Terry Taylor, Taylor Perry, Hong Wan, Luke Cundle and Theodor Corbeanu.

Marques is a 16-year-old centre-back, Sanderson is 19 and can play centre-back or right wing-back, Francis, 19, can play central defence or in central midfield, Taylor is 18 and operates in central midfield or at sweeper, Hong is 18 and plays in central midfield, Cundle is a 17-year-old midfielder, Corbeanu is a winger, 17, and Perry is also 17 and an attacking midfielder.

Kilman, Sanderson, Francis and Ennis were all part of Rob Edwards’s Premier League 2 Division 2 title-winning squad. Londoner Hong, who has Chinese and Malaysian parents, signed a two-year deal this summer after spells at Charlton, Luton and Yeovil.

Canada-born Corbeanu moved from Toronto last year and has Romanian citizenship, while Marques, a Switzerland youth international defender, joined from Grasshoppers earlier this year.  Taylor joined the first-team squad on the mid-season training camp in Malaga with Kilman and has impressed at sweeper.

Wolves’ Asia tour squad:

Goalkeepers:

RUI PATRICIO

JOHN RUDDY

WILL NORRIS

 

Defenders/wing backs:

RYAN BENNETT

CONOR COADY

WILLY BOLY

JONNY OTTO

RUBEN VINAGRE

RODERICK MIRANDA

MAX KILMAN

DION SANDERSON

ED FRANCIS

CHRISTIAN MARQUES

 

Midfielders:

LEANDER DENDONCKER

JOAO MOUTINHO

RUBEN NEVES

MORGAN GIBBS-WHITE

TERRY TAYLOR

TAYLOR PERRY

HONG WAN

LUKE CUNDLE

 

Forwards:

DIOGO JOTA

IVAN CAVALEIRO

ADAMA TRAORE

NIALL ENNIS

THEO CORBEANU