Coleman insists Wales must break psychological barrier
Wales Manager Chris Coleman has said qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil would remove an important psychological barrier for his young side, as they look to qualify for their first major tournament since 1958.
Speaking at a Vauxhall Road to Brazil 2014 press conference, Coleman said: ‘It’s been too long. It doesn’t matter where the tournament we qualify for is (being held). For Wales to qualify for a major tournament is a psychological barrier to get over.
‘To qualify for a major tournament would be a major achievement and if Wales could do it once then we can do it again. It would give us the momentum as a country and the players the experience to go forward.’
Coleman was in the Wales team the last time they came close to qualifying for the World Cup in 1993, when a late missed penalty by Paul Bodin at home to Romania cost them qualification for USA 94 and the Wales boss spoke confidently of his new generation’s chances to A Different League.
‘We’ve got some real quality in our ranks, particularly in the middle of the park where international football is often won and lost in my view. In Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey we’ve got two superb young players and when fit, Jack Collison can come in as well. Of course we’ve also got the threat of Gareth Bale.’
Wales have a challenging start to their qualification campaign, beginning at home to rising force Belgium in Cardiff on 7 September, with a tough away match in Serbia four days later. Scotland, Croatia and Macedonia make up the other three teams in the group.
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