More reinforcements for Wales : World Cup Qualifier Group E
Wednesday, 8th Sep 2021 11:00 by Gruff Stephens
Joe Rodon looks likely to start for Wales tonight as they take on Estonia in a Group E clash. Looking to keep up with group leaders Belgium amd second placed Czech Republic, Wales will hope they can get all three points against bottom of the table Estonia.
Joe Rodon is fit and should start
Harry Wilson is also back after suspension but it was ex swans Rodon that Page was far more eager to talk about, “He's played 26 minutes since our last game at the Euros so I think that leaves it out there for everyone to make their own conclusions from that," said Page. It's great that he's joined up on camp. He's fully fit. He's had one training session with us today. He's a massive part of what we're doing moving forward and it's great to have him back with the boys."
Wales will still be without a number of key players including Kieffer Moore, David Brooks, Connor Roberts and Neco Williams. Although the depleted squad won through in the end against Belarus on the weekend, Page will want a far less stressful end to this game. Thirty year old Aaron Ramsey is also out again for Wales due to injury, Page updated his condition stating “He pushed and pushed but he just fell short of where they wanted him to be to allow him to come away. "It's frustrating but we've got other players we can give the opportunity to”
Gareth Bale is extremely positive on the possibility of Wales qualifying for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. “We're just fully focused on trying to win the group," he said. "If we win every game, we qualify. It's still in our hands, but there's a long way to go and we have to take each game as it comes. We can't look two months down the line. We need to focus on the next game, which is Estonia, hopefully get three points and move on to the next one. "I know it's a cliche and everyone says it, but we can't look past that because against Belarus everyone was expecting us to win and it turned out to be one of the hardest games."
Dan James, very confident
Ex Swansea City player Dan James was equally as positive, “ I think just the experience of the Euro’s just makes us that kind of little bit more thirsty to go and qualify for the World Cup,” explained James. It’s going to be a little bit tougher with the teams and obviously less qualify but it’s one as a team that we fully believe that we can do. We took lot of positives out of the Euros. I think most people didn’t think we were going to get out of the group and we fully believed that we could. Don’t get me wrong, we were very disappointed after getting through that group to go out like that (4-0 loss to Denmark in round of 16), but it’s one that we’ll learn from, take a lot from it because it was a lot of boys’ first major tournament, including myself. We’re just excited with these World Cup Qualifiers coming up because, as I said before, having that experience of the Euros just makes us a little bit more wanting to qualify for the World Cup.”
The current standings
As you can see Estonia are bottom of the group with no wins. Wales play both the Czech Republic who they have already beaten 1-0, and Estonia away next month during another international break.
Venue: Stadiwm Dinas Caerdydd
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