Wales interim supervisor Rob Web page has stated the sport towards the USA males’s nationwide staff in Qatar is “winnable” after they certified for the World Cup for the primary time in 62 years.
Wales secured a 1-0 win over Ukraine of their qualification playoff last on Sunday and can now play in Group B together with the U.S., Iran and neighbours England within the event which begins on Nov. 21.
“We’ve performed towards the USA. We all know they’re a extremely robust outfit. We performed towards their European-based gamers, in my first sport,” Web page advised BBC Wales, referring to a 0-0 pleasant in November 2020.
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“They [and Iran] are winnable video games and if you play towards a house nations staff, something can occur,” he added.
“We are going to go on the market with the boldness we now have had going into any sport. We are going to go toe to toe with anyone — convey it on. That is the angle we now have received in that altering room.”
Though the final time Wales featured within the World Cup finals was in 1958, the prevailing squad have gained big-tournament expertise by the final two European Championship campaigns.
Beneath supervisor Chris Coleman in 2016, Wales upset Belgium within the quarterfinals earlier than being halted by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal who went on to win the event.
Final 12 months, within the delayed Euro 2020 event, Wales certified from a tough group, forward of Turkey and Switzerland, earlier than they had been crushed 4-0 by Denmark within the spherical of 16.
Web page believes that these campaigns have helped the nation’s fan base to unite behind the staff in a rustic the place rugby union has lengthy been considered because the nationwide sport.
“Rising up within the valleys it was all about rugby. We had Cardiff Metropolis and Swansea Metropolis within the outdated fourth division and rugby was most likely the No. 1 sport. The tides have turned barely now,” he stated.
“It’s due to what the boys are doing and success drives that. When you’re successful it helps for individuals to take discover. Soccer has most likely overtaken rugby for the time being because the primary sport in Wales,” added Web page, who has been in command of the staff since Ryan Giggs stood down from the place whereas going through allegations of assault.
Web page additionally gave credit score to former supervisor Gary Pace for laying the foundations for the upturn in fortunes for the nationwide aspect earlier than his demise in 2011.
“Gary Pace began it 12-13 years in the past and I need to dedicate this win and qualification to him and his household,” he stated. “There was a change within the tides and we created a tradition and id of how we needed to play and it began then.”