Wales cannot just rely on Gareth Bale & Aaron Ramsey - Gunter

Chris Gunter
Chris Gunter receives a massage from Gareth Bale during a Wales training session
2016 Euro qualifier: Andorra v Wales
Venue: Andorra National Stadium Date: Tuesday, 9 September, 2014 Time: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, online, mobile, and the BBC Sport app

Wales cannot afford to just rely on Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey if they are to qualify for the finals of Euro 2016, says defender Chris Gunter.

Forward Bale and midfielder Ramsey are both fit for Tuesday's opening Group B qualifying match in Andorra.

Reading's Gunter, 25, said: "It's important not to get drawn into saying that if Gareth and Aaron turn up we're going to qualify.

"It's going to take a whole squad of people, not just 11 players."

He added: "History tells us that you know that it's tough to get the same team on the pitch for every game."

Wales have not qualified for the finals of a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, though they did reach the last eight of the European Championships in 1977 - before the tournament took on its modern format.

After their opener, Wales play two fixtures at home against Bosnia-Hercegovina and Cyprus on 10 and 13 October before facing World Cup quarter finalists Belgium away on 16 November.

The expansion of the finals in France to include 24 teams means that the top two teams from each of the nine groups will qualify automatically.

The presence of Real Madrid's Bale and Arsenal's Ramsey is seen as key to Welsh chances.

And Gunter admits they make a big difference to morale.

"Every time you see them play now they sort of kick on, but you're not surprised," added Gunter.

"That's the level they're at now and you try to play like they are, and the confidence you get from it is a great feeling."

The match against Andorra will be played on an artificial pitch at the Andorra National Stadium, which was passed fit to play on 3 September.

Gunter says he has never played a competitive game on an artificial surface, but believes Wales have had sufficient time to get used to the idea.

"We know that's the situation we're in so we've got enough time to sort of get our heads around it and prepare for it," he added.

"So win, lose or draw after that game there's no way we can use that as an excuse."