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'Teams seem to have more respect for Wales now' - Ben

09 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Ben Davies feels Wales command more respect after their Euro 2016 heroics - and he's experiencing how that has been translated onto the pitch.

Wales face Georgia at home in World Cup qualifying early this evening (5pm) after picking up a valuable point at Austria on Thursday.

They are top of what looks like being a closely-fought Group D in the UEFA qualifying process for the finals in Russia in 2018 with Austria, Serbia and the Republic of Ireland all on four points.

Wales were made to work hard for a 4-0 win against Moldova in their group opener and will expect nothing less from Georgia at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Below: Ben trains with Wales ahead of the draw in Austria


"Teams seem to have a lot more respect for us now," said Ben, explaining how Wales' opponents have reacted to their run to the semi-finals of the Euros on France in the summer.

"They don't think we're a pushover perhaps like people used to think. Teams come with a game plan and we have to get used to them sitting back at times and making it difficult for us."

Ben came face-to-face with a Spurs team-mate in Austria on Thursday and swapped shirts with Kevin Wimmer after the 2-2 in Vienna.

Kevin lined-up at left-back for only his second start and fifth cap. "We knew that left-back wasn't their strongest position before the game and it was a surprise to see Kev play there," said Ben. "But knowing his quality we saw it as a benefit to the Austria team, not a weakness.

"Kev's a good friend of mine so it was good to play against him. We had a good chat after the game and swapped shirts, so that was nice.

"Austria are a very good side and made it difficult for us, so we were happy with a point, especially considering not many teams have taken points off them at their place."

Sunday's action

As well as Wales facing Georgia, Kevin's Austria travel to Serbia in a WCQ (7.45pm).

Tom Glover has a friendly for Australia Under-20s in Iraq while Jaden Brown, Japhet Tanganga and Jon Dinzeyi are in the England Under-18 squad for a friendly against Sweden.

Meanwhile, Michel Vorm has been called into the Holland squad for the WCQ against France in Amsterdam on Monday.