Wednesday August 29, 2018 at 10:16am

There is less than four weeks to go before the inaugural Socca World Cup kicks off in Portugal. All the home nations are preparing busily for the event, and Wales are no different. We caught up with their manager, Barry John – and found him in bullish mood.

You have been in drawn with China, Belgium and Scotland, what are your thoughts on the group? It’s a difficult group, there are no easy games in International football, we have played Scotland twice previously and we have had positive results on both occasions. I am sure Jamie [Leggett – Scotland manager] will have his team pumped up and ready to challenge to give themselves a chance of qualifying from the group.

With both Belgium and China new to the federation. We do not know a great deal about them, but we cannot really worrying about other teams. As long we have prepared right ourselves and the players give 100% in every game we will be in with chance.

How have the preparations been going? It's gone really well, we have added some new players to the squad so we have to integrate them quickly into the way we play. They showed in the recent friendly win over England that they suited to this level.

The players are looking sharp, we attending a local gym (K2Gym) in Bridgend last week who kindly hosted a warrior session for the squad. The lads really enjoyed and we will look to something similar in the future

You have freshened up the squad. What do these new players bring to the team? We only have five players that have represented Wales at an International tournament before, so we have six that will experience tournament football for the first time. Four of the new players Abdul Moshin, Marcus Jones, Lee Price and Luke Jones all played in the recent win of England. Due to injuries Rhys Foley and Akeem Cullen were unable to play against England but I am sure have seen them train they have more than enough about them to excel. 

We are lucky to have experienced campaigners in Rhys Wilson, Kieran Miller, Joe Hopkins, Cullen Kinsella and Laurent Mondo, as a Management team we are very happy with squad that will represent Wales at the World Cup.

We have great blend of youth and experience, we cannot wait to see how far the squad can go in Portugal. The Coaching team of Ross, Will and Lewis have been tireless in the work and in ensuring that the players are in the best shape possible ahead of the tournament.

As Barry might say himself: maybe just maybe It’s the Year of the Dragon

The Welsh national team is grateful to the following for their support:
Legea Official and ActivWear LGB
SRGK (Goalkeeper Gloves)
Brackla Sports Centre
Starbucks Waterton
Hicks Nutrition
Greens Electrical
Proformance Football Analysis

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