Three changes for Wales ahead of Moldova clash

Gareth Bale

"I have a small goal now (in this World Cup campaign) and it is to win", Dobrovolski said at his pre-match press conference.

The 17-year-old came off the bench to help his country to a 2-0 victory in a World Cup qualifier and has enjoyed a superb worldwide break.

Showing composure and awareness that belies both his age and experience, Woodburn looked up and struck the ball cleanly with his right boot, the ball flying past Austrian keeper Lindner into the back of the net, and sending Wales into absolute raptures.

England manager Gareth Southgate concedes there was little he could do to influence Ben Woodburn's global allegiance after the Cheshire-born teenager scored on a stunning Wales debut.

Woodburn, 17, scored four minutes into his worldwide debut to give Wales a 1-0 win over Austria on Saturday.

"I'll just say to him "well done".

"I am happy to see someone new, but I don't know if the manager will pick him to play in the first XI against us. He's Welsh anyway, so he's ours", the Real Madrid star added.

But he could have opted for England until he made a senior competitive global appearance. "It's great to see the progress he's made from an 11-year-old through to playing for Liverpool". Everyone was proud of him, the way he came on and made a difference.

Gary Speed
Gary Speed gave Wales an early lead but Moldova went on to win 3-2 in the country’s first competitive international fixture

"The main aim is to get Wales to the World Cup finals and he will be in that set-up if he can do that, so [he needs to] keep his head down and keep on working hard".

"We have a laugh with him and make him feel welcome".

"Mentally I think we all still feel 17 - me, Joe [Ledley], Wayne [Hennessey], Rambo [Aaron Ramsey], all of us - we're still young in our minds, maybe not so much in our bodies. It's been good fun".

However, it took until late in the game for the Welsh to break the deadlock against a stubborn Moldovan side.

"We had an ice bath. quiet night".

Moldova, who gave as good as they got throughout the game, then nearly leveled the scores, with Andrei Cojocari forcing Wayne Hennessey into a fine save.

"It was a big, big effort and if we had got just deserts, a penalty kick and maybe its' possible conversion, it would have been the least we deserved from the game tonight. When that individual scores we are so happy for them but also happy for us as a nation".

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