England look ‘beatable’, says Wales’ Joe Morrell ahead of World Cup clash

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Joe Morell. Image by Rogan200 (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Joe Morrell has said England look “beatable” if Wales meet them at the World Cup in Qatar.

England’s surprise relegation from the top flight of the Nations League put pressure on manager Gareth Southgate, who – ahead of Monday night’s 3-3 draw with Germany – said the negativity around him was “not healthy” for the team.

Wales will start its campaign against the US in Doha on November 21 before meeting Iran four days later. England will be last group opponents on November 29th.

“That could work quite well,” Morrell said of the game against England, bottom of the group.

“But we have three games and we may have to do well in all of them.

“We have to get at least four points to go through. At the European Championship it probably worked quite well to have Italy last.

“But when it comes down to needing something against England we’d be happy with that because they’re beatable.”


Wales were also relegated from Group A on Sunday after a 1-0 home defeat by Poland, but Robert Page’s side received a warm farewell from their fans ahead of their country’s first World Cup appearance since 1958.

But Joe Morrell said Wales are happy that England are dominating the headlines in their World Cup group.

Portsmouth midfielder Morrell said: “It’s an exciting group. I think the game against England is considered the big one.

“Everyone will be talking about the game and it will make everyone’s headlines because England always do.

“But we’re more than happy they’re making headlines, I’m sure it was the same at (Euro)2016.

“All the newspapers will talk about it – and that suits us.

“Then it’s good to play in two non-European teams against something else – certainly a different style of football. With the employees, the analysts, we know exactly what to expect.”

‘Bad luck’

Wales travel to the World Cup with a win in eight games, albeit with a crucial win in the play-off final against Ukraine, and just one point in six Nations League games.

Morrell said: “If there were no performances, we would be concerned.

“But we’re going into it because we’re playing against Poland, Holland and Belgium, as opposed to Finland, Bulgaria and Ireland, which we played against last season. It will benefit us.

“Sometimes you have to experience a bit of adversity in the really big games, you need that. The good thing is that we have guys who have played tournament football.”

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