Natasha Harding: Wales star wants to finish Euro 2017 qualifying on a high note

By Dafydd JonesBBC Sport Wales
Natasha Harding
Natasha Harding on the ball for Wales in their decisive qualifier with Norway at Spytty Park

Wales need to win their remaining Euro 2017 qualifiers to give them confidence ahead of World Cup qualifying, says winger Natasha Harding.

Following their defeat by Norway, Wales cannot reach next summer's European Championships finals in Netherlands.

Jayne Ludlow's side are home to Israel on 15 September before Austria visit five days later to conclude the group.

"If we win our two remaining games, that'll give us confidence going into the qualifiers," Harding said.

"There are positives to take from this campaign and we can go into the two remaining games with confidence and kick start out next campaign."

Manager Ludlow gave debuts to seventeen-year-olds Gemma Evans and Kylie Nolan in the loss to Norway and forward Harding believes that will bode well for the future.

"It shows we've got strength in depth now and if we can take that into the next campaign, I'm hoping we can kick on and hopefully qualify for a major tournament," continued Harding.

Wales can at best finish third in Euro 2017 qualifying Group 8 after Ada Hegerberg's second half brace for Norway clinically put an end to qualification hopes.

"We'll learn from it, for the majority of the first half we were the better team, we created more chances and we're very proud of the performance we put in for about 70 minutes," Harding said of the defeat at Spytty Park.

"It shows that if we go into a game 100% focused and work on what Jane wants from us then we can beat top teams like Norway," Harding added.