If Wales win their play-off final against Ukraine or Scotland, they now know they will play in Group B with England, Iran and the USA at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar
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Rob Page admits Wales may face England at the World Cup are ‘delicious’ and thinks he’s already worried about that.
Wales, who only featured at one World Cup in 1958, had their sights set on a draw last week after beating Austria in the play-off semi-finals. They are now waiting to play either Scotland or Scotland Ukraine in June for a place in Qatar. Page stresses that full focus is on that play-off final when Wales have home advantage cardiff.
But the Yorkshire-based manager admits it’s natural to contemplate the tie and a possible place in Group B alongside England, Iran and USA. Page said: “I live in Sheffield and sat with some English fans. It was pretty tasty when the draw was made. It’s a delicious draw, but we don’t count our chickens until they hatch.
“Our full focus is on qualifying and we need to focus on that first, but it’s exciting for all of us to be a part of it and see what could be and what challenges lie ahead. It’s a good group, we’ll calculate our chances. During the last week of preparation for the Austria game, we’ve shown that we’re capable of shedding all emotions and concentrating on the task at hand.
“We have to do that now in the run-up to that game in June. The approach will be the same. We’ve been waiting for this opportunity for years. No stone will be left unturned. We will stake everything on this opportunity that has been given to us – 1958 is a long time coming.
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“We have put ourselves in a wonderful position. Our supporters are getting excited and rightly so, but we still have a tremendous effort left.” Wales’ record goalscorer and captain Gareth Bale scored twice against Austria and left the nation just one game before the finals.
The star whose contract is expiring real Madrid he’s keen to make it this summer and could even retire this summer if Wales don’t make it to Qatar. Page is now anxious to find out when their play-off final will take place after Ukraine’s semi-final against Scotland was postponed from last month to the following June Russia ‘s horrific invasion.
Page added: “First and foremost, we understand what the Ukrainian people are going through, it’s appalling. UEFA will make this decision when it sees fit. I would like to think that we will definitely hear in the next week. We hope it is early June. On what date, we don’t know exactly.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/wales-boss-rob-page-relishes-26616110 Wales manager Rob Page is delighted with a 'delicious' clash with England if his side reach Qatar