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The Racecourse Ground in Wrexham will be the scene of the friendly international match between Wales and Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday evening. Gareth Bale and associates hope to boost their confidence a bit, just before the start of the qualification for the European Championship of 2020.
Since reaching the semifinals at the 2016 European Championships, Wales has been firmly on the international football map. The Dragons, however, failed to build on that success. Wales grabbed next to qualifying for last year’s World Cup, after which national coach Chris Coleman threw in the towel. With Ryan Giggs, the National Football Association managed to win a big name as a successor, but so far it has not been able to convince. For example, Wales in League B of the UEFA Nations League with Denmark and Ireland as opponents did not go further than two victories and two defeats, and also in the friendly games against Spain (1-4 defeat) and Albania (1-0 defeat) the red shirts made no best impression.
Giggs has not yet succeeded in winning over the doubters. ‘They expect European Championship qualification because we did it so well three years ago. However, we should not forget that that was our only participation in the last sixty years, so it is not that we regularly qualify for a major tournament, “said the Manchester United legend. “Our goal, of course, is European Championship qualification, or at least participate in qualification until the end.”
The focus will therefore be on the first European Championship qualifying match against Slovakia this coming weekend. Wales‘ main asset is of course Gareth Bale, who gave Zinedine Zidane a return to the Real Madrid bench with a goal last weekend. Bale, together with Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who makes the switch to Juventus at the end of the season, is the big star of this otherwise rather poor selection. Most Wales players are mainly bank-seekers at Premier League clubs, and those who do come into regular action usually play for Championship clubs. You can therefore question the quality of this selection, although that should not be an excuse against Trinidad & Tobago.
Trinidad & Tobago:
Trinidad & Tobago is of course not exactly an appealing opponent. Nevertheless, the Caribbean island state managed to surprise itself some thirteen years ago by qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. With Leo Beenhakker as national coach and well-known names such as Dwight Yorke and Russell Latapy on the field, the Soca Warrios knew immediately by stunting in the first group match Sweden on a scoreless draw. However, the remaining two group matches against England and Paraguay were both lost 2-0, which meant that the country was soon back on the plane home.
So far this history lesson. I am much less enthusiastic about the current selection of Trinidad & Tobago. The majority of players selected by national team coach Dennis Lawrence play as (semi) pros in their own country or in one of the lower regions of American professional football. The country currently occupies an anonymous 93rd place in the FIFA world ranking and lost its last two international matches against Thailand (1-0) and Iran (1-0) respectively. So it may be clear that this Trinidad & Tobago does not have much to do on the global football scene.
Wales vs Trinidad & Tobago head to head matches
27.05.06 FI Wales Trinidad & Tobago 2 : 1