Date: 6th December 2006 at 11:24am
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On-loan Wednesday goalkeeper Mark Crossley has insisted he will come out of internatioanl retirement to represent Wales if called upon by boss John Toshack.

The Fulham stopper has been in top form since joining Wednesday in November on a loan deal until January and has revealed he is still feeling up to the challenge at the ripe old age of 37.

The Barnsley-born stopper told BBC Sport: ‘If Wales have problems I’m only a phone call away and would gladly come back. I stopped for personal reasons. I was going through a divorce and worried about my children.

‘As for me, I’m going strong, feeling great, and I’m keen to keep enjoying myself and playing for as long as I can – I’ll give up when nobody wants me anymore!’

Crossley was replying to comments made in the media that the goalkeeping position is a huge worry to Wales in the quest to qualify for the European championships – with Paul Jones out-of-favour with Toshack and only youngsters Lewis Price and Jason Brown available as alternatives.

The former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper has made eight international appearances for the Welsh national side before announcing his international retirement.

Crossley also revealed that he is ready to step in to coaching once his playing days are over: ‘I’m also taking my coaching badges, so I hope that I can stay in the game at some level after I retire.’