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Speed sees bigger picture

Wales boss looking for more than victory against England

Last Updated: 26/03/11 5:52pm

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Speed: Passionate

Speed: Passionate

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Gary Speed has insisted that Wales must focus on achieving consistent results, rather than trying to secure the odd famous victory.

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Although determined to lead his side to a surprise win against cross-border rivals England on Saturday, Speed is also aware of the bigger picture.

He hopes the game with Fabio Capello's side will prove to be just a stepping stone to further success - namely qualification for a major tournament.

Speed said: "We have a chance to make history but if we do make history tomorrow we have got to make sure that is not our greatest achievement.

"If we do win hopefully it won't be the greatest result at the end of my career.

"Hopefully in a couple of years I will have an even better result.

"We don't want to be sitting here in five years' time saying, 'Remember the England game'.

"I want to be sitting here in five years time saying, 'Remember the night we qualified'.

"It is a game we want to win - no doubt about that - and it would be fantastic for everyone in Wales if we could, but there is a bigger picture."


Wales have not qualified for a major tournament since 1958 and Speed faces a tall order to break the mould.

Making it through to Euro 2012 already looks unattainable following three straight defeats at the start of the campaign, but Speed feels the passion of the players will help their cause in future.

Pundits and fans have often complained that this has been lacking in recent years - particularly with John Toshack's tenure blighted by player withdrawals - but Speed claims it has been evident this week.

He said: "If you are playing for your country, you have got to have passion.

"If those guys didn't have passion they wouldn't turn up.

"The reason they are here is because they are passionate about Wales and playing for Wales.

"I don't sign up to the fact they are not passionate at all.

"Having seen them this week, I don't have to tell them they have got to go out and play with passion. It is a given, and a pre-requisite."

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