Monday, November 14, 2011

Speed: I would not get into this Wales team

I think it is fair to say that Welsh football is on a high right now. True they are set to spend yet another summer watching a Live Football  tournament from afar, but four wins from their past five games suggests manager Gary Speed’s work is bearing fruit and with the side an average age of 24, pointing to a successful long-term future.

Their latest victory – a 4-1 trouncing of Norway – is another sign that Speed has a young a talented nucleus of a side at his disposal and one that can put up a real good fight in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

In Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen there is a creative hub worthy of the biggest stage, so talented in fact that Speed,  Wales’ most capped outfield player, thinks he wouldn’t get into the current side.

"I'm serious. I don't think I would have got in that team," said Speed, "All the way through it is quality.”

He isn’t talking just about the young player’s either, 32-year-old Craig Bellamy has had a new lease of life at Liverpool this season and an equally fine revival at international level, contributing to their dramatic upturn in football scores.

A player who often divides many due to his outspoken on-field persona, his quality cannot be denied and his international captain Ramsey is all too aware of that.

"Whenever someone moves to a new club they are going to be excited by that and the season ahead,” said the Arsenal man. “I think he has that spark in him again. He was a threat all game getting down that wing. He is still a massive player for us and we hope to keep him for a long time."

"There is a new buzz playing for Wales," Ramsey added. "I think everyone can see how promising this team looks."

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