Uefa Nations League explained in four simple (ish) steps Wales 4 (Lawrence, Bale, Ramsey, Roberts) Ireland 1 (Williams) Ryan Giggs has already had his most important lesson as Wales manager, that anything is possible when Gareth Bale is fit, but that was not the most significant thing he will have taken away from this thrashing of the Republic of Ireland. Everybody knows about Bale, there is no limit to his ability, so there is little room for him to surprise. Wales did not qualify for the World Cup because the Real Madrid superstar missed too many games – including the 1-0 defeat to Ireland here that deprived them of a play-off place in October last year – but if he remains available, they will almost certainly play at the Euros in 2020. What Giggs is doing, in keeping with the Manchester United side he thrived in for so long, is building a new, younger, exciting team around him. That is where the real positives were to be found. In the 17-year-old Chelsea midfielder, Ethan Ampadu – who also qualified to play for England and Ireland – he has found a classy, ball-playing defensive midfielder who could be a superstar in the making. In Derby County’s Tom Lawrence, Wales… Read full this story
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