Wales can still win World Cup qualifying group - Williams

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Wales skipper Ashley Williams confident on World Cup qualification

Wales have the quality to top their World Cup qualifying group, captain Ashley Williams says.

Their bid for a first World Cup finals appearance since 1958 suffered a blow when they were held 1-1 by Serbia.

Wales trail Republic of Ireland and Serbia in Group D, but Williams is not losing hope despite the late equaliser.

"They will all be big games to come. But we feel we have enough in our dressing room to win all of them if that is what we have to do," he said.

"We have to take the positives from the game. We haven't lost yet in the campaign and feel like we can beat any team."

Williams, who joined Everton in August after a decade with Swansea City, feels the group is likely to go down to the final round of fixtures.

Wales visit Ireland on 24 March before a trip to Serbia on 11 June.

Group D - as it stands
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"I think it will be a close group right up until the end. It is not all doom and gloom. It is just a frustrating night," Williams said.

"We are a team now that has come so far, we expect to win games, especially at home.

"But we didn't and the way it went down at the end, it is frustrating and I am sure all the fans feel the same as well.

"All of the remaining games are big now. They were before, but now the more it goes on, they turn into must-wins.

"But the positive is that we haven't lost in four games, we have played two very good teams as well."

Group D wide open - Ivanovic

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Serbia's Ivanovic expects qualification to go to the wire

Chelsea's Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic agreed with Williams that there is still all to play for, but believes the Republic of Ireland are now in the driving seat as the sides plot a route to Russia.

"It is a very tough group. A very equal group and of course it will be very close until the end," he said.

"We will decide who qualifies next year at the end of the group. It is wide open.

"Every game is like a final. This was our first big away game and we didn't lose.

"It is very difficult to say someone is favourite in this group. But in the moment, Ireland are playing very well.

"But our group is very equal and it can change. It will be interesting until the end."

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