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Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey insists Wales are not going to the World Cup to 'make the numbers up'

Wayne Hennessey believes Wales are going to the World Cup to win and not just participate

‘We’re not there to make up numbers’: Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey insists Wales can produce one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history by WINNING the tournament

Wales may pull off one of the biggest upsets in football history by winning the World Cup, veteran goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey insists.

Rob Page has led Wales to their first World Cup since 1958 and only the second in their history. They will face England in the group stage in Qatar, as well as the United States and Iran.

Wales must beat Poland in Cardiff on Saturday to remain in the Nations League A in their final game against Qatar, but it’s no surprise that the players already have their eye on the game’s biggest competition.

“I know people will say we’re underdogs because it’s the first World Cup for this group of players, but we’re not just there to do numbers,” Hennessey said.

‘We go there to win. What’s the point of being in this if you’re not going to win it all?’ Wales have made great strides in recent times, reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and the last 16 of Euro 2020, as well as winning promotion to the highest level of the Nations League.

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Despite Hennessey’s optimism, they will be strangers in Qatar, although they have a real chance of qualifying from their group and if Gareth Bale finds his best form, anything is possible.

Wayne Hennessey is expected to compete in Wales' first World Cup campaign since 1958

Wayne Hennessey is expected to compete in Wales’ first World Cup campaign since 1958

Bale is in line to start against Poland despite making it just twice for new club Los Angeles FC this season as he manages his fitness to ensure he is at his best come November.

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Hennessey added: ‘He is playing regularly and he feels great, he has a smile on his face and they are treating him very well there.

“He did very well when he came on against Belgium on Thursday. Hopefully he has a great game to come and is ready to roll against Poland.”

Hennessey thinks Gareth Bale (pictured) is playing well after his transfer to MLS

Hennessey thinks Gareth Bale (pictured) is playing well after his transfer to MLS

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