Wales defender Chris Gunter wants to build on momentum

International friendly: Wales v Norway

Venue:
Cardiff City Stadium
Date:
Saturday, 12 November
Kick-off:
1500 GMT
Coverage:
Live on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and the BBC website.
Chris Gunter
Chris Gunter says confidence is beginning to return to the Wales squad

Chris Gunter says he hopes Wales can continue their encouraging run of form as they conclude their international year against Norway on Saturday.

Wales go into the friendly at Cardiff City Stadium having won three of their last four matches.

And Nottingham Forest's Gunter wants Wales to build momentum ahead of the next year's World Cup qualifiers.

"It's obviously nice to win but the biggest thing is to carry on the progress we've been making," he said.

"We've conceded two goals in the last four games against some really good opposition and the performances have been really good.

"That's what we need to carry on. Then we'll be in the second half of the season and before we know it we will be into the qualifiers [in September].

"We've worked hard to try and get ourselves in a position to be able to go into them games confident of getting a good start.

"At the minute there's a real buzz about the squad and hopefully the longer we can carry on producing, the more the excitement grows around Wales."

Wales ended their Euro 2012 campaign with back-to-back wins against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

They face a Norway side who missed out on a play-off place on goal difference.

Gunter was a member of the Wales side who beat Norway 3-0 the last time the countries met in a friendly at Wrexham's Racecourse in February 2008.

Captain Aaron Ramsey and winger Gareth Bale are set to play for Wales for the first time since being pictured in supporters' jerseys for the Great Britain Olympic football team.

Both players have expressed a desire to represent Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, although Ramsey has assured fans he will not play if it threatens Wales' international football independence.

But former Cardiff City player Gunter insists the Wales squad have been unaffected by the controversy over the pictures.

"To be honest living in Nottingham I didn't know they had worn the shirts," said Gunter.

"I didn't know it had become this big situation and I haven't seen any of the photos, I don't think there is an opinion among the players and no-one has spoken about it.

"We had a talk about how the FAW can't support the idea of Welsh players playing in the GB team and that was all that was said and that is the only comment there has been.

"They put the shirt on for a photo and took it off again, and I don't think it has affected the squad. Half the players didn't even know it had happened.

"We understand it is a big talking point as the Olympics is a big event. But we have a game to focus on, not something that happens in seven or eight months' time."

Wales squad: Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Lewis Price (Crystal Palace); Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City); Joe Allen (Swansea City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Andy King (Leicester City), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal, capt), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), David Vaughan (Sunderland); Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Simon Church (Reading), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City), Steve Morison (Norwich City), Sam Vokes (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Standby: Neal Eardley (Blackpool), Craig Morgan (Preston North End), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic), David Cotterill (Swansea City), Andy Dorman (Crystal Palace), Brian Stock (Doncaster Rovers), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace), Ched Evans (Sheffield United).

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