Wales defender Ethan Ampadu has been named in the squad for the World Cup in Qatar. Ampadu, who has already played in 37 national team matches since making his debut in 2017, is excited about the chance to compete at his second major tournament and help his nation qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958. The 22-year-old, who is currently on loan from Chelsea to Serie A club Spezia, believes that despite the rivalry and the possibility of playing against some of his Blues teammates on November 29, Wales won’t be intimidated when they face Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions.
“It’s challenging to express. Going to a World Cup is a childhood dream for many people, and for the fans, it is a huge event,” Wales defender Ethan Ampadu said. “For the first time in 64 years, everyone can sense the support and how incredible the outcome will be. Everyone in the Wales team gets along with everyone else, and there is a diverse mix of players chatting to each other every day. Being outside of Wales is always wonderful.”
Before playing Iran, Wales begins its historic World Cup run against the United States, but they will be most looking forward to their final Group B matchup against England.
“We’ll go out and get ready as we would for any other game,” he added. “You must remain focused and emotionally detached throughout the game; if we win, the crowd will be thrilled and will want nothing more than to see us eliminated from the group. Last year during the Euros, the supporters showed their support by traveling to Baku, and maybe this time around, with their support, we can have a terrific tournament.”
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