Speed knows his side

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Wales boss Gary Speed already knows the names of those he will select against England on Saturday.

Wales boss hoping to take the first steps towards successful future

Wales boss Gary Speed already knows the names of those he will select against England on Saturday. Speed is set to oversee his first competitive fixture as Wales boss this weekend when the Three Lions arrive at the Millennium Stadium. Having suffered three straight defeats at the start of their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, it is imperative the hosts take something from the game. Speed is confident they can get a result, despite suffering an injury blow to wing wizard Gareth Bale, and has already decided upon his starting XI. Asked if he had drawn up his side, Speed said: "Yeah. You will have to wait and see. I haven't told the players yet." While keeping his cards close to his chest, Speed admits he will be looking to lay down a blueprint which will serve Wales well for many years to come.


He said: "It's our first real squad, as we only had one day in the last game, so it's the first prolonged time we have had together. "It's been a fine balance between preparing for the future and this game. We are trying to put things in place which will make us successful now and in the future. "Because we are preparing for the future, we are looking to play in the way we will be at the 2014 World Cup. "Just because a couple of players are missing, we aren't going to change the way we play because of that. The structure will stay the same." Speed is confident Wales can spring a surprise against England, but admits that they may be relying on the Three Lions to perform below their best.
He added: "I think if we play the best we have ever played, we still might not win the game and I understand that. But we are just concentrating on ourselves. If England do have an off day, that will give us a chance. "It's a massive game that we all want to win and do well in. It's an occasion that doesn't come around very often. I'm sure everyone will give 100 per cent. "We are still developing. If we get a positive result from this game, which we are very hopeful of, hopefully that can be a spark for Wales. "If we are to be successful, we need the fans to be with us and to be filling the Millennium Stadium for every home game." Speed has also spoken to Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp about Bale's hamstring problem, which Spurs claimed the winger was not carrying when he reported for international duty. He said: "I have spoken to Harry and everything is fine. That's been nipped in the bud and everything is fine."

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