Wales will qualify for Euro 2016 finals - Mickey Thomas

Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are two of Wales' world-class players
Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are two of Wales' world-class players

Wales will qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, according to Mickey Thomas.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder, who won 51 Wales caps, says boss Chris Coleman has real talent to call on.

"This is the best opportunity a Welsh side will ever have, without doubt... our squad is strong and I can't see us not qualifying," Thomas, 60, said.

"There's good players now playing at a good level; Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, Joe Allen at Liverpool and Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal scoring goals."

As well as a core of established senior players with Premier League teams, Wales also have a crop of promising young talent emerging.

Manchester United forward Tom Lawrence, 20, and goalkeepers Kyle Letheren of Dundee and Tranmere's Owain Fon Williams - all uncapped - have been included in a 23-man squad for the opening Euro 2016 qualifier away to Andorra on Tuesday, 9 September.

Fulham winger George Williams, 18, is another exciting youngster in Coleman's squad who has the potential to become a key Wales performer.

Wales have not qualified for a major finals since the 1958 World Cup, although they have come agonisingly close over the years.

After the Andorra game, Wales face top seeds Bosnia-Hercegovina at home on Friday, 10 October before welcoming Cyprus on the following Monday.

Wales play Belgium away on 16 November, with the return fixture on 12 June, 2015, while Israel also await them in Group B.

The men in red complete their campaign at home to Andorra on 13 October, 2015.

The Euro 2016 finals are being hosted by France, who qualify automatically, and will be made up of 24 nations, an increase from 16 in the current format.

The top two teams in each of the nine groups will reach the tournament finals, along with the best third-placed finisher.

The remaining eight third-placed teams go into play-offs in November 2015.

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