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GIGGS STILL EYEING UP NATIONS LEAGUE PROMOTION FOR WALES

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After much confusion surrounding the format of the UEFA Nations League, things are now simple for Wales.

Ryan Giggs’ side will win Group 4B if they come out on top in Friday’s crunch clash against Denmark, and in the process, secure promotion to the Nations League top tier.

Victory will also guarantee Wales a play-off in their bid to qualify for Euro 2020.

A draw at the Cardiff City Stadium would see the group winner determined in the final fixture of the group. Denmark could secure top spot if they pick up three points against the Republic of Ireland on Monday.

Wales will play their final fixture of the campaign in front of a full house with more than 33,000 supporters expected to descend on the Welsh capital.

A brace from Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen secured the victory for Denmark in Aarhus in September, but Wales boss Giggs still has his eyes set on winning the first Nations League.

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Denmark v Wales, Uefa Nations League, Ceres Park, Aarhus, 9/9/18: Welsh manager Ryan Giggs looks on from the touchline – image: Influential Photography

“There’s lots of incentives to top the group,” said Giggs.

“To win a really competitive group would be great obviously. It’s a new tournament and we wanted to win the first Nations League.

“It’s in our hands now but it’s not going to be easy against a top-class side. They’ve proved over a period of time, they are tough to beat.

“Every player in the squad is available to start. It was a great test for those young players and they came out with flying colours [against the Republic of Ireland].

“It will put them in good stead going into the future. We’ve got a really good balance between players who have been there and done it and young players pushing them. I want that competitive edge every day.”

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Ashley Williams was in imperious form against Ireland in Dublin – image: Influential Photography

Captain Ashley Williams is relishing the challenge and is calling on the Red Wall to play their part off the field.

“We’re looking forward to it. A Friday night in Cardiff, international night under the lights is always a special occasion.

“I’m sure the fans will come out, make a lot of noise and give us that boost that they always do when we need it in the games.

“Hopefully we can repay them with a win and a good performance.”

Despite some doubts hanging over Giggs’ managerial appointment earlier this year, Williams believes the supporters have taken to the former midfielder.

“From what I can gather, they do sing his name a lot in the games. The gaffer has come in and we’ve been in good form.

“We’ve been winning games and performing well so they’ve started taking to him.”

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