Wayne Hennessey outlines Wales’ ambitious World Cup goal

Wayne Hennessey says Wales travel to Qatar to win the World Cup.

Wales will end a 64-year wait to play at the World Cup in November and play in a finals for the first time since 1958 when they were beaten in the last eight by Brazil.

Playing in the same group as England, Iran and the United States, bookmakers have around 150-1 outsiders to lift the trophy.

But veteran Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Hennessey said: “We’re all excited. I know people will say we’re the underdogs because it’s our first World Cup in so long.

“But we’re not just there to make up the numbers, we’re going there to win.

“What’s the point of being there if you don’t win the whole thing?”

Wayne Hennessey punches the ball clear during Wales’ 2-1 Nations League loss to Belgium in Brussels (Tim Goode / PA).

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Wales suffered a fourth defeat in five Nations League games on Thursday as Belgium beat them 2-1 in Brussels.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne delivered a master class in midfield, opening the opening goal before setting up Michy Batshuayi for the second before half-time.

But Wales were greatly improved after the break and Kieffer Moore’s header gave them some courage ahead of the Nations League final against Poland in Cardiff.

Sunday’s win would see Wales avoid relegation to League B and remain in the top flight for the next edition of the competition.

“It’s going to be something special,” said 105-cap Hennessey, who skippered Wales for the second time at the King Baudouin Stadium.

“We all know how home games are with the atmosphere, the fans bring everything with them.

“It will be difficult. But it will also be difficult for them.

“We have a good home record and the fans will have our backs. It’s a big game and it’s very important that we stay there (in League A).

“There are some fantastic players and we absolutely deserve to be a part of it.”

Captain Gareth Bale is expected to start on Sunday after coming on as a second-half substitute against Belgium.

Skipper Gareth Bale aims to start Sunday’s crucial Nations League game against Poland (Tim Goode/PA)

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Bale arrived at the camp late on Tuesday from the US after playing for Los Angeles FC the previous day.

Hennessey said: “I’m really sorry for him, his timeline must be everywhere.

“But I thought he did very well when he came on. We have a big game ahead of us and he will be ready for it.

“He plays regularly in America and plays really well. He has a smile on his face and they treat him very well.”

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