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Gunter: 3G pitch 'no excuse'

8 September 2014

Royals defender in Wales action

Royals defender Chris Gunter is set for an unusual challenge on Tuesday evening, as his Wales side take on Andorra on an artificial surface in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

The game in the country's capital, Andorra La Vella, will take place on a '3G' pitch after the ground was cleared to stage the opening Group B match only last Wednesday as Uefa ordered a series of inspections with previous tests showing the ball rolled too fast. In any case - Gunter is determined that it won't be an issue.

"We know that's the situation we're in so we've got enough time to sort of get our heads around it and prepare for it," he said. "So win, lose or draw after that game there's no way we can use that as an excuse."

Chris also admitted that Wales would have to make use of their full squad throughout the campaign - not just high profile stars such as Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale.

"It's important not to get drawn into saying that if Gareth and Aaron turn up we're going to qualify. It's going to take a whole squad of people, not just 11 players. History tells us that you know that it's tough to get the same team on the pitch for every game."

Reading Academy product Jake Taylor has also been named in the squad for the first time - and will certainly relish the experience.

Chris Coleman's men are attempting to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup.

Euro 2016 qualifying Group B
Wales
Bosnia-Hercegovina
Belgium
Israel
Cyprus
Andorra

Chris has been producing a video diary for the FAWTV - watch it here!

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