Wales World Cup 2022 squad list, fixtures and latest odds

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Wales World Cup 2022 squad list fixtures list team news odds - Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
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A narrow 1-0 win over Ukraine at the Cardiff City Stadium on June 5 means Wales will be competing at their first Fifa World Cup since 1958.

Their place among the 32 qualifiers in Qatar was secured by a free-kick, which deflected off, and ultimately went down as an own goal, by Andriy Yarmolenko, from the poster boy of Welsh football over the last 10 years, Gareth Bale.

This was after the 32-year-old had scored both the goals in a 2-1 win over Austria in the semi-finals in March after Wales had finished 2nd in group E of the European section of qualifying.

In their first of two final games ahead of the World Cup, Wales went down 2-1 to Belgium in a Nations League clash in Brussels.

They will no doubt be one of the underdogs of the tournament, going into a tricky group, but have shown in the last five years at successive Euros that they are capable of pulling off an upset or two.

Wales World Cup 2022 squad

World Cup squads are usually announced around six weeks before the World Cup starts. This year the World Cup will run from Nov 21-Dec 18.

Who are likely to be their key players?

There has been an injection of youth into the Wales set-up under Rob Page’s leadership, after the 47-year-old stepped up from his role as Under-21 manager from 2017 to 2019. But there are still many experienced heads who have been mainstays in the side for the last 10 years.

Wales World Cup 2022 squad list fixtures list team news odds - Marco Rosi/Getty Images
Wales World Cup 2022 squad list fixtures list team news odds - Marco Rosi/Getty Images

Aaron Ramsey continues to be a key midfielder at the heart of most of their forward play. The former Arsenal man has joined Ligue 1's Nice on a free transfer from Juventus and scored on his debut in the 1-1 draw with Toulouse.

Ethan Ampadu has already racked up 36 caps at the age of 21 after bursting onto the scene with Chelsea back in 2017. He is still registered to the London side but spent 2021-22 on loan in Serie A at Venezia and moved back to Italy in the summer for another loan spell in the top flight with Luca Gotti's Spezia. His ability to play as a centre-half in a back three, back four and in defensive midfield is a huge asset for Page.

Bale remains the life and soul of the team. A national hero, he joined LAFC after being seemingly ostracised at Real Madrid, and scored twice in his first 10 appearances in MLS, eight of them from the bench. He will be looking to add to his 40 goals for Wales which make him their all-time leading goalscorer, comfortably eclipsing Ian Rush's 28.

It is also worth noting the inclusion of Birmingham City teenager Jordan James is the Wales' Nations League squad to face Belgium and Poland. The 18-year-old will get his chance to push for a World Cup birth after veteran midfielder Joe Allen picked up an injury while playing for Swansea City.

Who, where and when do Wales play?

Wales are in Group B alongside England, Iran and USA.

Group Stage fixtures

USA vs Wales, Monday Nov 21, 7pm GMT (10pm local time), Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

Wales vs Iran, Friday Nov 25, 10am GMT (1pm local time), Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

Wales vs England, Tuesday Nov 29, 7pm GMT (10pm local time), Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

See the full World Cup 2022 fixtures list

What is Wales’ World Cup record?

This will only be Wales’ second World Cup and their first in 64 years. They reached the quarter-finals in Sweden where it took a goal from Pele, during his breakout tournament aged only 17, to knock them out.

A more reliable indication of Wales’ chances in Qatar are their showings in the last two European Championships. Last year, a heavy 4-0 defeat by Denmark in Amsterdam knocked them out in the round of 16.

But five years before that, they went all the way to the semi-finals after topping a group containing England and dramatically beating a star-studded Belgium side with goals from Ashley Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes. A 2-0 defeat by eventual winners Portugal ended their fairy-tale journey.

A golden generation for the Welsh national side, inaugurated under the stewardship of the late Gary Speed, looks to be reaching its twilight. Will Qatar be the location for its greatest achievement to date?

What are the latest odds?

Wales are currently a best price of 150/1 to win the World Cup.

The leading contenders...

  • Brazil 5/1

  • France 11/2

  • England 6/1

  • Argentina 15/2

  • Spain 15/2

  • Germany 10/1

Information correct as of  Sept 13