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Aiming for Brazil

6 September 2012

World Cup qualifiers begin

Chris Gunter faces a tough test on international duty this Friday evening against Belgium, but is determined to help Wales qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Chris Coleman’s men take on the likes of Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini  and Eden Hazard at the Cardiff City Stadium – but Reading’s full back is certainly not intimidated.

"At the start of every group there needs to be a lot of hope, confidence and belief, or there is no point trying,” he said.

"I think we are in as good a position as we have been for a while. We have had a good year, on the whole, with results and performances. Players and staff will tell you it's the best shape we have been in going into a qualifying group for a while. Certainly since I have been involved, or maybe longer than that. Hopefully, we can get off to a good start and then kick on and set the ball rolling."

Gunter will be joined by fellow Royals Hal Robson-Kanu and Simon Church for the double header, which is completed with a trip to Serbia on Tuesday. 

With a number of players pulling out of the squad through injury – there is a fair chance that all three representatives from Brian McDermott’s squad will be called upon at some stage in the next few days.

"There are always injuries and that's why you put a squad of 23 people together. I think the message from everyone in this camp would be to come out and support us. Fans don't know how much of a difference they can make. If we can get as many fans in as possible backing us, it would help us like they wouldn't believe. Hopefully they'll come out and support us because there would be nothing better than reaching Brazil."

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