Ledley hails 'growing' Dragons
New Wales skipper Joe Ledley believes his young team-mates are 'growing' into international stars.
Last Updated: 07/06/09 10:19pm
New Wales skipper Joe Ledley believes his young team-mates are "growing" into international stars.
Ledley skippered Wales' youngest squad to a hard-fought win over Azerbaijan on Saturday, keeping the Dragons' slim qualification hopes alive.
John Toshack's inexperienced side performed heroics in Baku, playing good, controlled football at times.
Ledley, 22, believes his young colleagues could be the stars of the future, admitting that they are 'growing up' with every game.
"Everyone is starting to grow up as players, it is not easy as youngsters being put into a higher level but we have shown we can handle it," he said.
"We aim to get as many points as we can now, we have Russia next and we must believe we can beat them.
"Against Azerbaijan we worked really hard, nobody gave us a chance, but what we have to do is keep this level and continue to bring in the younger players.
"We have won what for everyone is the last game of a very long season.
"Now we aim to carry this form into next season, with a good result to hang onto."
He added: "We have big players to come back into the squad, and when they are ready and fit we will have a good side.
"We are going to give the last three games in our group our best shot, so we can catch Finland in third and it is important that we produce the form now to make sure our ranking points are not damaged.
"We are a very young side, but we are showing that we can live up to expectations."