Aaron Ramsey remains a key midfielder at the heart of most of their forward play. The former Arsenal man has gone on a free transfer from Juventus to the Nice of Ligue 1, scoring on his debut in the 1-1 draw with Toulouse.
Ethan Ampadu has already amassed 36 caps at the age of 21 after appearing at Chelsea in 2017. He is still registered with the London side but was loaned out in Serie A in Venezia 2021-22 and moved back to Italy in the summer for another top flight loan with Luca Gotti’s Spezia. His ability to play as a centre-back in a back three, back four and in the defensive midfield is a huge asset for Page.
Bale remains the life and soul of the team. A national hero, he joined LAFC after seemingly being banned from Real Madrid, scoring twice in his first 10 appearances in MLS, eight of them from the bench. He will aim to add to his 40 goals for Wales, making him their all-time leading goalscorer, comfortably overshadowing Ian Rush’s 28.
It’s also worth noting that Birmingham City teenager Jordan James has been included in Wales’ Nations League squad that will take on Belgium and Poland. The 18-year-old is getting his chance to push for a World Cup birth after veteran midfielder Joe Allen suffered an injury while playing for Swansea City.
Who, where and when does Wales play?
Wales is in Group B alongside England, Iran and the US.
Group stage match schedule
USA vs Wales, Monday, November 21, 7pm GMT (10pm local time), Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Wales vs Iran, Friday November 25, 10am GMT (1pm local time), Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
Wales vs England, Tuesday, November 29, 7pm GMT (10pm local time), Ahmad bin Ali Stadium
View the full list of the 2022 World Cup
What is Wales’ World Cup record?
This will be only the second World Cup in Wales and the first in 64 years. They reached the quarter-finals in Sweden, where a goal from Pele was needed, in his breakthrough tournament at just 17 years old, to knock them out.
A more reliable indicator of Wales’ chances in Qatar is their performance at the last two European Championships. Last year, a heavy 4-0 defeat of Denmark in Amsterdam eliminated them in the eighth finals.
But five years before that, they went all the way to the semi-finals after leading a group with England and dramatically beating a star-studded Belgian side with goals from Ashley Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes. A 2-0 defeat to eventual winner Portugal ended their fairytale journey.
A golden generation for the Wales national team, inaugurated under the leadership of the late Gary Speed, looks set to enter its twilight. Will Qatar be the venue for his greatest achievement to date?
What are the last chances?
Wales are currently the best price of 150/1 to win the World Cup.
The main contenders…
- Brazil 5/1
- France 11/2
- England 6/1
- Argentina 15/2
- Spain 15/2
- Germany 10/1
Information correct from September 13th