Morison: Team comes first

14 August 2012 07:46

Striker Steve Morison will be happy to put personal glory to one side if it means Wales reach their first major finals since 1958.

The Norwich forward has scored just once from his 15 appearances to date, ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Llanelli. His work ethic and ability to hold up the ball and link with the likes of Gareth Bale and Craig Bellamy has proved a valuable commodity.

And Morison will be more than happy for the star names in the Wales squad to grab the headlines, if it means Wales qualify for Brazil 2014, as he said: "We had success under Gary Speed and I only got one goal. In the games we played I think we scored four twice and I didn't get a goal. But when you are together for such a short space of time it does not matter."

That goal came in the 2-1 win over Montenegro last September, and Morison's strike rate may not be the sort of tally many would expect to see from an international centre-forward with the World Cup qualifiers starting next month.

But Morison added: "You want to score, obviously as a forward I would be lying if I said I did not want to score every single time I go on the pitch, but it is purely and simply all about winning, whether we win 1-0 or 5-0, it does not matter.

"It's about getting to the World Cup and obviously I would love to go there as top scorer in the group, but if I don't score and we win I am happy, and I think everybody would be happy with that, I don't think anyone would care.

"I am never going to get the headlines in this team with Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Craig Bellamy and now Joe Allen getting £15million transfers. I'd have to get a move to Barcelona or something!"

The 28-year-old made his Wales debut two years ago in the 5-1 win over Luxembourg, also in Llanelli. He admits it has taken him time to adjust to his role in the national side, but feels he is now fully up to speed.

"You're there to put the ball in the back of the net when it comes, but also to give space to other players you have got around you," he said. "It's not the same as getting involved in the game in the Championship or Premier League.

"It's very, very different and that took a while for me to adjust to. I wanted to get involved and be busy when actually I needed to give other players space. But I feel I have learned and it's a good time for the squad at the minute."

Source: PA