Wales defender Ashley Williams targets final Euro flourish

2012 European Championship Qualifying Group G - Wales v Switzerland

Venue:
Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Date:
Friday, 7 September
Kick-off:
1945 BST
Coverage:
Full commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & online. Live text commentary online. Watch live on Sky Sports 3
Ashley Williams
Williams has previously captained the national side

Defender Ashley Williams says a positive end to another fruitless qualifying campaign is the goal for Wales.

Gary Speed's side complete a largely disappointing Euro 2012 campaign with games at home to Switzerland on Friday and away in Bulgaria on Tuesday.

But the incentive, says Williams, is a possible third place finish.

"We want to finish strongly and get six points from these next two games," said Williams.

Wales, bottom of the group, host Switzerland at Swansea's Liberty Stadium before facing Bulgaria in Sofia four days later.

Speed's youngsters secured their first win of the campaign against Montenegro in Cardiff last month and gave a spirited display in a 1-0 defeat to England.

Following those performances Wales moved up to 90 in the Fifa rankings and Williams says they are now looking to build confidence ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

"We want to build on what we did in the last two games," said the Swansea defender, who has been voted the Football Association of Wales Club Player of the Year award for a third successive year.

"We feel like it clicked then so we want to continue with that and keep working hard and try and move up the rankings a bit more.

"We've moved up a bit already so we want to continue. We want to be as high as possible."

Wales coach Osian Roberts says the home game against Switzerland and the game in Sofia against Bulgaria will pose two different tests.

Switzerland beat Wales 4-1 in Basel last October four days after Bulgaria had won 1-0 in Cardiff.

"It's important tests for us and things we need to learn from to make sure that we keep on improving ready for the next group of qualifiers," said Roberts.

"We want to make sure that performances keep progressing and that we keep building that confidence which is so vital.

"Of course we want to win every game we go out to play as any other team would.

"As well as that we want to make sure that off the field of play we are getting things right and improving things so that the players are happy.

"It's taken a while because there was a lot of work that we felt we needed to put in place.

"Now those fundamentals are firmly established we feel we can build on those.

"Confidence is high, team spirit is definitely increasing camp by camp and we look to build on that this week."

Wales squad to face Switzerland and Bulgaria

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion - on loan at Birmingham City)

Defenders: Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City)

Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Andy King (Leicester City), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), David Vaughan (Sunderland), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace)

Forwards: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Simon Church (Reading), Steve Morison (Norwich City), Sam Vokes (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Stand-by list: Lewis Price (Crystal Palace), Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic), David Cotterill (Swansea City), Andy Dorman (Crystal Palace), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace), Ched Evans (Sheffield United)

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