Chris Coleman hopes Wales can end World Cup qualifying with win in Belgium
Chris Coleman insists that Wales "have a point to prove" when they take on Group A winners Belgium on Tuesday.
Last Updated: 13/10/13 4:44pm
Coleman's side travel to Brussels with nothing to play for other than pride, but the manager is determined to sign off with a win in what could be his last game at the helm after contract talks stalled.
Victory over Macedonia in Cardiff on Friday at least moved Wales off the bottom of the group, a point above Scotland, and Coleman is looking forward to facing a strong Belgium side that includes a host of top Premier League stars.
"Alright, there is nothing on it for them as qualifying is done, but we still have a point to prove," said Coleman. "We can't go there thinking, 'nobody expects anything from us' - we have to expect something from ourselves."
Coleman has looked to integrate the likes of Lloyd Isgrove, Declan John and 16-year-old Harry Wilson into the squad for their first taste of senior international football, a move which the former Fulham boss feels points to an increasingly bright future for Wales.
"When you see that performance against Macedonia from an inexperienced squad, then it is really pleasing," Coleman said. "But we will need that and more in Belgium if we are to do anything."
Coleman seemed certain to be offered a new two-year deal by the Football Association of Wales until defeats to Macedonia and Serbia in September saw the contract put on hold until after the qualifying campaign.
"There was a time where I thought we could have nicked third spot, but Belgium, Croatia and Serbia have been too strong for us," he said.
Meanwhile, Charlton forward Simon Church is hoping for another chance to shine after scoring the winner against Macedonia.
He said: "It was nice to play up front, that is my position. I am a centre-forward, not a winger. Obviously I have been picked to do a job for the team in the past, but I don't think I play my best there, so I was glad to get my chance as a striker.
"The big thing for me now is to play games at club level, I have got the chance to do that at Charlton now. That is helping me and I want to nail down that spot as the main striker for Wales now - and hopefully I will keep getting chances like that.
"I have had a disappointing couple of years, but that is behind me now. I have got a fresh start at Charlton and if I keep playing then hopefully the starts and goals for Wales will come."