Woodburn's magic ignites Wales' World Cup hopes

Woodburn's magic ignites Wales' World Cup hopes

Teenage striker Ben Woodburn must be handled carefully despite his eye-catching global debut, Wales and Liverpool great Ian Rush has warned.

"The ball just came out of the air and I just tried to shoot it as quickly as I could", Woodburn told Sky Sports, after becoming Wales' second youngest goalscorer in history at 17 years and 322 days, behind only Gareth Bale.

Liverpool boss Klopp criticised the decision to thrust the 17-year-old starlet into the limelight by selecting him for the crucial qualifiers against Austria and Georgia.

And, while there are more than 800 miles between Chisinau and Moscow, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and new hero Woodburn can take another huge step towards Russian Federation in the Moldovan capital tonight. "I was injured for the Holland game and he sat in the box next to me because we're in the same agency, Stellar", Bale said, as quoted by the Daily Mail. Still, very exciting for us and everything to play for... we have to be better in our all-round play though. He's a typical winger, likes to take on a player, likes to shoot, likes to cross.

"We haven't had to have a word with him", said Bale, who also rejected an approach to join the England set-up. "He's Welsh anyway so he's ours".

"I look forward to what involvement he is going to have for Wales in the future".




"We have to do the same again in Moldova (on Tuesday). Put the pressure on us - we have the experience to deal with it and we can guide him".

Gareth Bale went for a then world record fee when he joined Real Madrid2018 World Cup qualifiers: Moldova v WalesVenue: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau Date: Tuesday, 5 September Kick-off: 19:45 BSTCoverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

"We said we had to win the last four games; 50 per cent is done", said Coleman. You have to fancy Serbia but we have to try and get second.

With the Red Wall behind them and a team made of much sterner stuff than their mid-1990s predecessors, the nation expects another three points this evening.

"It's one step at a time but he will learn off those players and they will help him", said Rush.

With Group D leaders Serbia taking on second-placed Ireland in Dublin at the same time, if third-placed Wales can secure another victory tonight they will be in a flawless position to secure one of the top two spots with two games left to play.

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