Chris Coleman knows that the weight of a nation is on his side, but has praised his side’s character and maturity.
“If we had come to Cyprus in the last campaign and it was 0-0, we would be thinking: ‘Let’s see it out. We’ve got a point.'”
Wales had lost 3-1 to Cyprus in 2007 as they were unable to qualify for Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. An 18 year-old Bale was in that side and shows how far the Welsh squad has come, since the dark days of the last decade and the start of this decade.
After Joe Ledley pulled out of the Cyprus match, after injuring his hamstring in training, Dave Edwards deputised. Ledley is a doubt for tomorrow’s clash, along with West Brom’s £8m centre-back James Chester. Wales are definitely without midfield pair Joe Allen and David Vaughan, for Sunday’s clash.
After Wales, climbed above England in the World Rankings for the first time, they have now reached 9th. Wales could go as high as 2nd in the world, should results go their way in October. With The 2019 World Cup groups drawn, the rankings are unimportant but it's always nice to be ranked higher than England.