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Gunter: ‘Wales hungry for more success’

5 September 2016

Royals defender says his country are more determined than ever as World Cup qualification begins this evening...

Reading full-back Chris Gunter will embark on World Cup 2018 qualification with Wales in Cardiff this evening, with the Dragons facing Moldova as their attempt begins to reach only the second World Cup in their history.

After the adventures of Euro 2016 and reaching the semi-final - where Wales went out to eventual winners Portugal - Gunter and the squad are keen to replicate that kind of success again.

"The first time it was wanting to achieve it and be the first squad to do it,” admitted the right-back to the media that were gathered for Wales' pre-match press conference. “But after what we've been through the hunger and determination has to be more because we know what it feels like.

"That's only going to help, what we've been through. It's not a case of now we've done it that people will be taking it easy or the hunger won't be the same.  It can only be more because when we were there, it was some of the best weeks we've ever had in our lives.”



The 27-year-old insisted the Dragons will not be taking their eye off the ball on the road to Russia and will be spurred on by the experiences of the summer using them as motivation to reach those heights again.
 
After qualifying for their first major tournament since 1958, Gunter admitted there is a greater expectation on the Wales squad, but an expectation that the team are relishing with great confidence within the group.

"It's only natural you want it more and we'll give absolutely everything to replicate what we've had in the last two years because it's a massively special time for this country and us as players as well,” said the Welshman.

"It's the feeling we have around the squad. It has good people who care for each other, and when we're on the pitch we all want the same thing and we trust each other to deliver. When you put that together it's massively hard force to stop.

"All that, what we’ve built up is precious and we will keep it going,” continued Chris. “As long as the team are trying and doing their best, I think it will always be there. As long as the fans can see what they give us, how much it helps us, it will be there.”

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