Wales will be in jubilant mood heading into the 2022 World Cup. It’s their first appearance at the tournament since 1958 and having impressed in the Euros, Rob Page’s men can be categorised as potential underdogs.

Wales managed to negotiate some tricky play-off opponents to book their place at the tournament and they will be hoping to take that form into this tournament. Page’s men are hard to beat. They may lack star quality in forward areas (with the exception of Gareth Bale), however, they are determined and gritty and are willing to fight for every ball.

The draw hasn’t been overly unkind and although they find themselves in the same section as rivals England, they look more than capable of finishing above both USA and Iran.

Bale is the star attraction of this team and having guided Los Angeles FC to success in the MLS this season, he’ll be keen to end 2022 on a high note. Bale told LAFC boss Steve Cherundolo that he was able to play 25-30 minutes for his current employers and has promised Wales fans that he will be fit enough to play an integral part in the tournament.

Aside from Bale, Wales have very few injury issues and that could benefit them greatly. They should be able to follow England into the round of 16, however, a potential meeting with the Netherlands could spell the end of their journey in Qatar.

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