Coleman's World Cup ambition

25 August 2012 06:47

Chris Coleman has called on his Wales squad to live up to their "golden generation" tag by qualifying for the World Cup.

Wales have not qualified for a World Cup since 1958, but Coleman said On Friday there was every reason to believe his current crop could succeed where so many more before them have failed.

"It could be (a golden generation), but football is full of ifs, buts, coulds and maybes and they don't count for anything unless we go and achieve," Coleman said.

"England had a golden crop going into the Germany World Cup (in 2006) and it never happened. They never produced so we can talk all we like, but only if we qualify can we then say that this is the golden crop."

Coleman, whose first two qualifying games come against Belgium and Serbia next month, believes Wales will go on to qualify for several more tournaments should they make Brazil 2014.

"If we do it once I believe we will do it again, quick, because we will have momentum and belief," said Coleman, who won 32 Wales caps between 1992 and 2002.

"Once we get over that psychological barrier we will be able to go on.

"Unfortunately as a player we just missed out on the USA World Cup under Terry Yorath and under Mark Hughes we lost over two legs to Russia (in a play-off) so we have come close but have never done it.

"The longer that goes on the bigger effect it will have on us psychologically so we have to stop that."

Source: PA

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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