Barton states that this Liverpool attacker is showing more promise than Bale

Esther Moore
September 7, 2017

So, when he saw young Ben Woodburn watching a Wales friendly against Holland in November 2015, he went for a quiet word.

Gareth Bale has revealed he helped persuade teenage sensation Ben Woodburn commit to Wales and reject England's overtures.

Despite appearing nine times for the first team last season, scoring once, Woodburn has not managed to feature in a first-team squad so far this season.

"He obviously shows that every day in training with Liverpool and he shows that every day with us too". But as they have wilted - the Republic have won none of their last four qualifiers - Slavoljub Muslin's men have not and in the shape of Branislav Ivanovic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nemanja Matic, Filip Kostic, Dusan Tadic and Aleksandar Mitrovic, they boast a combination of experience and quality which has proved hugely effective.

"It was a great strike but it was not only that".

It took until the last 10 minutes, and the introduction of rising star Ben Woodburn, for Wales to break down stubborn opposition and leapfrog the Republic of Ireland into second place in Group D.

Wales now have the worst record of the nine second-placed teams with eight points and a goal difference of +1 - not including the two wins against bottom-placed Moldova.

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With Group D leaders Serbia taking on second-placed Ireland in Dublin at the same time, if third-placed Wales can secure another victory tonight they will be in a flawless position to secure one of the top two spots with two games left to play.

"When we came in it was start of transition period when John Toshack was bringing through lot of younger players to build for the future".

"We want to make sure we use that on Tuesday against Moldova".

Asked what the boss said to the players after the game and how they would regroup for the Moldova and Wales double-header next month, Long said: "He was proud of us, the way we performed, we really gave it everything tonight but the over-riding feeling is frustration because getting one point from six [is not good enough]". It wasn't our best performance, we had to be patient.

The Liverpool youngster has breathed new life into Wales' World Cup qualifying campaign and renewed the belief that Chris Coleman's men can still make it to Russian Federation next summer.

"Mentally I think we all still feel 17 - me, Joe [Ledley], Wayne [Hennessey], Rambo [Aaron Ramsey], all of us - we're still young in our minds, maybe not so much in our bodies".

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