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Ben Davies: ‘Ryan Giggs criticism is unfair’

Ben Davies insists the criticism of Wales manager Ryan Giggs after hurtful back-to-back Euro 2020 qualifying defeats is unfair. Wales’ hopes of making the finals next summer were dealt a severe setback with losses to Croatia and Hungary in the space of four days. Giggs’ side now trail Group E leaders Hungary by six points, albeit with a game in hand, and are three adrift of Slovakia and Croatia in the race for a top-two spot. Ryan Giggs is under pressure after successive defeats dropped Wales to fourth place in their Euro 2020 qualifying group (Joe Giddens/PA) The Old Trafford great has had to shoulder the blame from most Welsh fans puzzled by the fact he has not profited from the attacking talents of Gareth Bale, David Brooks and new Manchester United winger Daniel James. R...

Sam Vokes admits to “uphill task” for Wales

Sam Vokes insists Wales should not be counted out of the race for Euro 2020 qualification. Wales’ hopes of making it to next summer’s finals through a top-two spot in Group E suffered a severe setback with a 1-0 defeat to Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday night. It was Wales’ second defeat in the space of four days after a 2-1 loss to Croatia on Saturday. Gareth Bale misses a chance (Joe Giddens/PA) It leaves them six points behind group leaders Hungary, albeit with a game in hand, and three adrift of Slovakia – 5-1 winners in Azerbaijan on Tuesday – and Croatia. “We’ve got an uphill task for the rest of the group but it’s still doable – 100 per cent,” Stoke striker Vokes said. “Realistically we probably have to win all of our games now. But you...

Ryan Giggs defends Gareth Bale after missed opportunity for Wales

Ryan Giggs absolved Gareth Bale of any blame after Wales‘ Euro 2020 qualification hopes were dented by a 1-0 defeat in Hungary. Bale, who has not scored for three months, missed a golden opportunity to put Wales ahead on the hour, tamely chipping at goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi from 12 yards when completely unmarked. It was to prove a costly miss as midfielder Mate Patkai grabbed the winner 10 minutes from time, leaving Wales trailing Group E leaders Hungary by six points. Gareth Bale missed Wales’ best chance of the match in Budapest (Joe Giddens/PA) Wales needed a big performance from Bale to revive their Euro 2020 hopes, but the Real Madrid forward looked lethargic throughout and struggled to make an impression on the game. “You have seen it in both games, a lot of the pla...

Ryan Giggs: ‘Wales must win all five remaining games to reach Euro 2020’

Ryan Giggs responded to defeat in Hungary by conceding Wales must probably win their five remaining group games to make the finals of Euro 2020. Wales lost to a late Mate Patkai goal in Budapest, their second defeat in the space of four days and one which leaves them off the pace in Group E. Giggs’ side trail leaders Hungary by six points, albeit with a game in hand, and are three behind Slovakia and Croatia in the race for a top-two spot. “We have to probably win nearly every game now,” Giggs said after the back-to-back defeats in Croatia and Hungary. “I know it’s early doors and there are still a lot of points, but we have made it really difficult for ourselves. “We are probably relying on teams around us to drop points, which they will do because it is competitive. “Obviously we have to...

Result: Wales suffer damaging qualifying defeat in Hungary

The Real Madrid forward missed a golden chance to put the visitors in front. Wales suffered a hurtful Euro 2020 qualifying defeat as Group E leaders Hungary beat them 1-0 in Budapest. Mate Patkai drove home the winner 10 minutes from time after Wales – 32 places above Hungary in the world rankings – had failed to clear the ball in their own penalty area. It was a second defeat for Wales in the space of four days and leaves them six points behind Hungary, albeit with a game in hand, and three adrift of Slovakia and Croatia. Patkai’s strike will have proved especially painful for Gareth Bale, who had a moment in front of goal on the hour mark that he will want to forget. FT | 🇭🇺 1-0 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 | #HUNWAL It’s all over in Budapest as #Hungary beat #Wales to go top of #EURO2020 qualify...

Ryan Giggs backs “exciting” Daniel James to succeed at Manchester United

Wales manager Ryan Giggs insists Daniel James’ impending move to Manchester United has not disrupted preparations for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Croatia. James was at United’s Carrington training ground on Thursday morning ahead of his transfer from Swansea, just hours before Wales flew to Osijek for Saturday’s meeting with the World Cup finalists. The 21-year-old winger is set to complete the switch, which is understood to be in the region of £18million, including add-ons, next week after Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier in Hungary. “We had a relaxed day on Thursday,” Giggs said when asked if James’ United medical had forced him to miss training. “That’s how we structured the week, to get the work in early and then Thursday was just a case of going through a few things.” Giggs was clear ...

Ben Davies receives late call-up to Wales squad for Euro qualifiers

Tottenham defender Ben Davies has joined up with the Wales squad after originally being ruled out of Euro 2020 qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary. Wales manager Ryan Giggs left Davies out of his squad for the two games last week, saying the left-back had been troubled by a groin issue throughout the season. It had been expected the 26-year-old would undergo surgery after Spurs’ involvement in the Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday to correct the problem. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿DIWEDDARIAD CARFAN | SQUAD UPDATE🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Ben Davies has met up with the squad this morning after his treatment has been postponed 👍 Croeso i’r camp Ben!#YWalGoch #TheRedWall pic.twitter.com/TeCbdPzoAD — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) June 4, 2019 But a Football Association of Wales statement on Tuesday morn...

Ryan Giggs explains Ben Davies absence

Tottenham defender Ben Davies heads into the Champions League final facing the prospect of summer surgery and will sit out Wales‘ Euro 2020 qualifiers in Croatia and Hungary. Wales manager Ryan Giggs revealed Davies has been troubled by a groin issue this season but he has battled on, with Spurs’ historic campaign ending in Saturday’s European showpiece occasion against Liverpool in Madrid. “Ben has had an issue with his groin throughout the season,” Giggs said as he named a 28-man squad also without injured Juventus-bound midfielder Aaron Ramsey. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 For Croatia (8 June) & Hungary (11 June)… #YWalGoch #TheRedWall #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/L99MGICUAw — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) May 29, 2019 “I left Ben out of the squad back in November...

Joe Ledley sets sights on playing for Wales again

Joe Ledley is determined to find a new club this summer and help Wales reach the 2020 European Championship finals. Ledley has been without a club since leaving Derby in the final hours of the January transfer window. But the 32-year-old midfielder insists he still has plenty to offer both at club and international level. “I decided to leave Derby in January because I knew I wasn’t going to play there,” said Ledley, who has been training on his own and is now free of the hip injury which restricted him in the early part of the campaign. “I was hoping to find a new club then, but it’s come to the stage where it’s difficult with clubs fighting for promotion and against relegation. “I think I’ll be in a better position in the summer because club...

Ryan Giggs, Paul Gascoigne and the greatest FA Cup semi-finals

The FA Cup reaches the semi-final stage this weekend with Brighton facing the daunting task of dumping red-hot favourites Manchester City out of the competition to meet either Watford or Wolves in the final. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look back at some of the key moments which have helped to decide classic last-four encounters in the past. 🔙 in 1️⃣9️⃣9️⃣9️⃣ 🆚 @Arsenal 1-2 @ManUTD 🔥 An iconic extra time wonder goal from Ryan Giggs saw @ManUtd reach the final! 👀 One of the greatest moments in #FACup history? pic.twitter.com/8mSjwyPxBj — The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) March 31, 2019 Ryan Giggs left Manchester United fans with a treasure trove of memories when he finally hung up his boots, but few more sensational than the goal which secured the club’s place in the 1999 ...

Preview: Wolves vs. Man United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Tuesday’s Premier League clash between Wolves and Man United, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Manchester United will be seeking revenge when they make the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers, a little over two weeks on from their FA Cup loss at Molineux. Wolves picked up a 2-1 win in the quarter-final tie to inflict a damaging defeat on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side, but it was not enough to prevent the Norwegian from landing the United job on a permanent basis. Wolverhampton Wanderers © Reuters Sticking with what appears to be the theme of their season, Wolves followed up their fantastic result against Man United with a disappointing 2-0 loss at the hands of Premier League strugglers Burnley at the weekend. If there has been one critic...

Wales winger Daniel James ignoring Leeds United speculation

Wales hero Daniel James has vowed to focus on his football and not be distracted as Premier League clubs monitor his contract situation at Swansea. James scored a superb winner as Wales opened their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Slovakia in Cardiff on Sunday. The 21-year-old winger was on the verge of joining Leeds during the final hours of the January transfer window before Swansea pulled the plug on a potential £10million deal. FT | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 1-0 🇸🇰 Do you feel this happy right now? 😃#WALSVK#YWalGoch #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/ZxiLZKG2e4 — Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) March 24, 2019 James is contracted at the cash-strapped Sky Bet Championship club until the summer of 2020, with talks over a new deal ongoing amid reports that the player’s camp are keen to have a ...

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