Wales are on the brink of qualification for the knockout rounds for Euro 2020 after beating Turkey this week.

Even a loss against Italy might still see them go through as they have accrued four points so far and the top three from a group can qualify.

Manchester United star Dan James is looking forward to next week’s clash and says his Wales star fear nobody.

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James and Wales respect Italy, but have total belief in their own ability to compete with whoever is in their path.

The United winger was quoted by The Independent: “They’ve got players like Chiellini and Bonucci, legends of the game who are coming towards the end of their career but still at the top level.

“They are the type of players you look up to, but we believe we can get a result. We’re full of confidence and we don’t go into any game playing for a draw.

“We’re underdogs, we’ve got nothing to lose going there. We don’t fear anyone and we truly believe we can go and win it.”

 

Making an impact

James has created six goalscoring chances in two games so far and also completed eight dribbles – the second highest in the tournament.

The speedy winger is demonstrating he can be a very useful attacking outlet.

Whatever happens from here from a Wales point of view at Euro 2020, James will return to United in the summer full of confidence.

He told Sky Sports  ahead of the tournament that this would be the perfect way to wash away some of the pain of United’s agonising Europa League final defeat.

While Wales are unlikely to go on and win Euro 2020 and leave James with a winner’s medal, just getting out there and playing again so quickly has given him, and many of his United teammates something fresh to focus on.

Wales’ match with Italy next week will be another big test for him. While there could be some rotation from the already qualified Azzurri, Roberto Mancini’s side will want to finish the group in first place.

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