Speed - Wales will be strong

Gary Speed believes Wales will be a strong team in time for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers following the draw.

Coach feels Group A rivals all capable of beating each other

Gary Speed believes Wales will be a strong team in time for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers following the draw in Rio de Janeiro. Wales were bottom seeds for the qualifying draw and were paired up with Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland and Macedonia in Group A. The national team have only once reached the World Cup finals in their history, back in 1958, but Speed is optimistic of securing qualification for the tournament in Brazil in three years' time. He is aware there will be plenty of tough games during the qualifying campaign and is looking forward to tackling Home Nations rivals Scotland.

Consistent

"We knew it was going to be tough coming from pot six, but they're all tough games," Speed told Sky Sports News. "Scotland will be a good game and will create a lot of interest at home. We played Scotland in May in the Carling Nations and I'm sure the players will be looking forward to that game. "It's a funny group. There are six strong teams in there, there's not a weak team in the group. "I feel we'll be strong by the time the qualifiers start and it's one of those groups where you feel any team can beat any other team, it's all about who can be the most consistent." Croatia are the top seeds in the group and Speed is full of respect for Wales' opponents in Group A. He added: "Croatia are a fine team and have got really good players. "Their record in qualifiers is very, very good. They're the strongest team in the group and it's going to be difficult against them but, like I say, it could have been worse."

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