Wales winger Daniel James is relishing the prospect of competing in his nation’s first World Cup in 64 years – however is underneath no illusions in regards to the issue of his facet’s opening take a look at towards the US.
The 2 groups face off in World Cup Group B on the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Monday, with each groups hopeful and assured they are going to get their respective campaigns off to a flying begin with three factors in a bunch which additionally comprises Iran and England.
Talking as Wales put together for his or her marketing campaign in Qatar, James admitted he is aware of that USMNT particularly have a lot of high quality gamers, given he has performed with a lot of them over the course of this 12 months. Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson are present teammates at Fulham, whereas Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson play for guardian membership Leeds.
“They’ve stated about giving me a couple of kicks in coaching,” he joked of Ream and Robinson.
When requested how he might fare in a direct face-off towards Robinson, given each may occupy the identical a part of the pitch on opposing groups, he stated: “We’re each fast gamers. He is an excellent participant and has been completely unbelievable this season.
“Going ahead he is been nice. He is at all times an issue for wingers as a result of he’ll at all times run you that means, however he is been unbelievable defensively as effectively. He is proven that. Possibly folks doubted him going to the Premier League. Is he going to have the ability to do the defensive facet that a lot as a result of he is classed as an attacking full-back? He is positively proven that [he can] and if we do play towards one another it will be an excellent match-up.”
James was adamant he’d win a foot-race between the pair, although, answering with out hesitation.
“They [USMNT] have gotten an unbelievable squad. We performed towards them at Swansea they usually performed all their European gamers due to COVID. They seem to be a very athletic crew, and I’ve clearly performed with two gamers at Leeds they usually’ve bought nice attitudes. I feel it’s going to be an excellent match up.
“Going to the World Cup they have expectations of going via. With us it is nearly how we will go into each sport believing we will win and with full confidence.”
Welsh captain Gareth Bale has claimed he is absolutely match regardless of that includes sparingly since his transfer to LAFC in MLS, although he did rating a dramatic further time equaliser earlier than his facet gained the MLS Cup on penalties in his final aggressive outing – and necessary targets is one thing Bale has a confirmed knack for at each membership and worldwide degree.
James opened up on how Bale leads his Wales crew: “Gaz may be very chilled, he is an excellent man. You have seen what he is achieved through the years and final week as effectively – he comes on for 20 minutes and takes them into penalties they usually find yourself successful it. He is solely simply gone there and he is achieved what he is at all times achieved. Each time he is on the pitch we all know that he provide you with something at any time.
“Off the pitch he is sensible with all of us. Nobody is scared to speak to him. When you’ve a personality that has achieved a lot, particularly with boys coming via that possibly are too scared to speak to him, he is nice with them. He is our captain. Earlier than the video games the crew talks are at all times nice. He loves taking part in for Wales simply as a lot as all of us do.
“He is an enormous cause why Wales is on that world stage – doing what he did on the Euros and we’re simply glad to be in a World Cup with him.”