Wales World Cup squad list for fixtures against USMNT, Iran and England

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The USA and Wales played to a 1-1 draw in their opening World Cup match in Qatar. 

Wales are in uncharted territory in Qatar as they are competing in their first World Cup for a generation.

They last qualified for a World Cup in 1958 before earning a place in Qatar, whose hosting of the tournament is controversial for the reasons outlined in this article.

Wales began their UEFA qualifiers poorly, losing 3-1 to Belgium in their opening fixture. However, they won four and drew three of their next seven matches to finish second in Group E.

This meant Wales qualified for the UEFA play-offs, where they beat Austria 2-1 in the semi-final to reach the final of their play-off path. They then took on Ukraine in Cardiff, where Gareth Bale’s free-kick was knocked into his own net by Ukraine’s Andriy Yarmolenko to qualify Wales for their first World Cup in 64 years.

It is now up to Robert Page and his players to make that wait worthwhile when they face England, the US and Iran in Group B in Qatar.

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Wales’s World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Nottingham Forest), Danny Ward (Leicester), Adam Davies (Sheffield United);

Defenders: Ben Davies (Tottenham), Ben Cabango (Swansea), Tom Lockyer (Luton), Joe Rodon (Rennes, on loan from Tottenham), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Ethan Ampadu (Spezia, on loan from Chelsea), Chris Gunter (AFC Wimbledon), Neco Williams (Nottingham Forest), Connor Roberts (Burnley);

Midfielders: Sorba Thomas (Huddersfield), Joe Allen (Swansea), Matthew Smith (MK Dons), Dylan Levitt (Dundee United), Harry Wilson (Fulham), Joe Morrell (Portsmouth), Jonny Williams (Swindon), Aaron Ramsey (Nice), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff);

Forwards: Gareth Bale (Los Angeles FC), Kieffer Moore (Bournemouth), Mark Harris (Cardiff), Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest), Dan James (Fulham, on loan from Leeds).

Monday, November 21: US 1-1 Wales

Friday, November 25: Wales vs Iran

Tuesday, November 29: Wales vs England

Wales squad analysis

Wales got into the World Cup through the play-offs, there is doubt about the fitness of Bale, and they lack depth. But pride will play a part as they compete in their first World Cup since 1958, and they have a manager who understands his players and their nation, so who knows whether there could be a Euro 2016-style surprise ahead.

For a full analysis of Wales’ chances in Qatar, click here.

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