HEADLINES are supposed to be eye-catching and the words above are ones that England’s footballers could do well to heed.
It is Welsh for ‘We can win the game’ and given the rather arrogant attitude that seems to have grown in the England camp this week you can understand why Gary Speed’s men may well think they can cause an upset in tomorrow’s European Championship qualifier.
What has worried me is that this week seems to have centred on who wears the England captain’s armband and the obsession with the fact that if we can stop Gareth Bale then we will stop Wales.
Well if that was England’s only tactic then they are a bit stuffed given that the Tottenham winger has been ruled out of the game with a hamstring injury – one can only assume that without the man who took Internazionale apart on his own the Welsh will have no chance.
However, we have seen in the FA Cup this season that underdogs can turn over more illustrious opponents and while the Welsh team is hardly star-studded, equally the consistent parts are not exactly non-League cannon-fodder.
There is enough Premier League and Championship talent around the Welsh squad for them to believe that victory is not out of their grasp and Fabio Capello’s men would do well to take note of that.
Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to say his side would give Crawley respect when they arrived at Old Trafford in the fifth round of the FA Cup – and with good cause as the Blue Square League outfit went within a crossbar width of claiming a draw.
Yet this week there appears to have been little in the way of respect kicking around for the Welsh in the comments of the England squad.
It smacks of a feeling that they think they only need to turn up and the men in the red shirts will roll over and happily have their tummies tickled – somehow I can’t see that being in Craig Bellamy’s mind for a second.
It is to be hoped that the reality is different and Capello has got his squad fired up for what is essentially a derby and a cup-tie – otherwise a certain Italian may find that his head has been turned into a leek on the back page of the tabloids come Monday morning.