Wales interim supervisor Rob Page has stated the sport towards the United States males’s nationwide crew 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 ultimate 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 have performed towards the USA. We know they’re a very sturdy outfit. We performed towards their European-based gamers, in my first recreation,” Page instructed 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 crew, something can occur,” he added.
“We will go on the market with the arrogance we now have had going into any recreation. We will go toe to toe with anyone — deliver it on. That’s the angle we now have acquired in that altering room.”
Although the final time Wales featured within the World Cup finals was in 1958, the present squad have gained big-tournament expertise via the final two European Championship campaigns.
Last yr, within the delayed Euro 2020 event, Wales certified from a difficult group, forward of Turkey and Switzerland, earlier than they have been overwhelmed 4-0 by Denmark within the spherical of 16.
Page believes that these campaigns have helped the nation’s fan base to unite behind the crew in a rustic the place rugby union has lengthy been considered because the nationwide sport.
“Growing up within the valleys it was all about rugby. We had Cardiff City and Swansea City within the previous fourth division and rugby was most likely the No. 1 sport. The tides have turned barely now,” he stated.
“It is due to what the boys are doing and success drives that. When you might be profitable it helps for individuals to take discover. Football has most likely overtaken rugby in the intervening time because the primary sport in Wales,” added Page, who has been in control of the crew since Ryan Giggs stood down from the place whereas dealing with allegations of assault.
Page additionally gave credit score to former supervisor Gary Speed for laying the foundations for the upturn in fortunes for the nationwide aspect earlier than his demise in 2011.
“Gary Speed began it 12-13 years in the past and I wish 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 identification of how we needed to play and it began then.”