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Gunter ready for Netherlands test

12 November 2015

Royals full-back expects tough Dutch challenge

Royals defender Chris Gunter is part of the Welsh squad that will face the Netherlands this Friday at Cardiff City Stadium. The friendly has been arranged to test Wales against some of the continent's top sides ahead of the European Championships this summer. 

Despite the Dutch failing to qualify for Euro 2016, Gunter knows they will pose a tough test, with the likes of Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder set to feature for the visitors.

“The Dutch have had a difficult time over the last year or two; but you only have to see the fixture, when you see you're playing Holland you know is going to be a difficult game,” said Gunter.

“They carry that history and that tradition with them, but we are at the stage now where playing at home and performing the way we have we will certainly back ourselves against anyone.”

The Welsh, who last month qualified for a major tournament for the first time since 1958, now must turn their attention to France this summer. Gunter knows the importance of continued hard work even in international friendlies, using the games to improve and develop as a team.

“It feel like we haven’t played a friendly for a long while but it’s very important in a build up to a major championship,” he continued.  “We are all looking forward to it. It will be great to play in Cardiff for our first game after qualification having worked so hard to achieve it. We need to realise that now we have qualified we keep working hard to achieve the next stage in our development as a team.”

The Royals full-back will earn his 64th senior international cap if he plays on Friday, which would draw him level with Wales and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs; Gunter, however, has achieved something Giggs never did in qualifying for a major tournament with his country.
“Drawing level on caps with Ryan Giggs is a great feeling.  It’s not a bad person to be drawing level with when performing for your country, but it’s not all about earning caps.  For me it’s about looking back at the end of your career for Wales and seeing what you achieved.

“Hopefully in many years’ time when I retire I can look back and certainly that night in Bosnia and the night against Andorra will stand out.”

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