Women’s World Cup qualifiers: France-Wales (Tuesday) – .

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Women’s World Cup qualifiers: France-Wales (Tuesday) – .


Captain Sophie Ingle has scored in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers
Lieu: Roudourou stadium, Guingamp Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2021 To start up: 20h10 GMT
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Wales captain Sophie Ingle said her team are determined to prove they can compete with the best teams in the world ahead of their visit to France.

Wales’ next two World Cup qualifiers are against the Group I favorites, but Ingle says the team believes they can go up against a team ranked fifth in the world by Fifa.

“We want to build on the games we’ve played against top opponents,” Ingle told BBC Sport Wales.

“We want to show who Wales is. “

Ingle says Wales can head to Tuesday’s game with the feeling the pressure is off and expectations low.

“They will have a big crowd, we know they are a team with a lot of strengths but we have to try to go to their weaknesses,” she said.

“We want to play with a bit of freedom, we really have nothing to lose, we’re undefeated at this point and happy where we are.

“France are relentless and score goals for fun, but we have to focus on ourselves. We have to be strong and try to prevent them from scoring. “

Wales’ 5-0 victory over Greece in Llanelli on Friday maintained their second place in Group I qualifying for the World Cup, with Wales two points behind the French leader.

The squad are now halfway through with Wales’ trip to France, their final qualifying game of 2021, with their campaign resuming with the second leg on Friday, April 8, 2022.

The visit to face Corinne Deacon’s side is intimidating for Wales, with France scoring 35 goals in their first five qualifying matches, averaging seven goals per game.

“We would like to lower that average, that would be our first goal,” said Gemma Grainger, the Wales boss.

“When we got there, we knew that the basis of this team was their defensive strength in previous campaigns.

“We have to work exceptionally hard and we have to defend well in all areas. We will have a game plan for when we are out of possession.

“France is a brilliant team. But we’ll be the top ranked team they’ve faced and we’ll see that as a good challenge. “

Wales will be without influential defender Rachel Rowe as she continues to recover from the injury she suffered at Wales’ last international camp, but Grainger has no new injury issues or suspension.

Manchester United’s Hayley Ladd entered the camp after being ill and was pulled at half-time in Wales’ win over Greece.

However, Grainger says it was a predetermined move designed to keep Ladd cool for the visit to France and confirmed a team in great shape.

“Everyone is available, we are the underdogs for this game, we know that expectations outside the camp will be low, but our expectations are high,” she added.

“At the end of this game, we’ll learn a lot about where we are. “

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