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Coleman makes two changes ahead of Euro qualifier

Wales made two changes from the side which won in Israel in March for the Euro 2016 Group B table-topping clash with Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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James Chester and Jazz Richards came in for injured defenders James Collins and Ben Davies as Wales manager Chris Coleman appeared to be adopting a 5-3-2 formation against opponents ranked second in the FIFA world rankings.

Kevin De Bruyne replaced the injured Marouane Fellaini in Belgium's only change from the side which beat France 4-3 in a Paris friendly last Sunday.

Last-minute rehearsals underway for Wales clash

Last-minute rehearsals are underway for tonight's Wales v Belgium clash.

Tonight's match is key to Wales's Euro qualifying campaign. The home side are unbeaten so far, but tonight's opponents are ahead of them on goal difference.

Fans have spent the day getting into the pre-match party spirit ahead of tonight's game.


Long delays on M4 ahead of Wales v Belgium clash

A map showing where there are delays on the M4 this evening. Credit: Traffic Wales

There are long delays on the M4 this evening ahead of tonight's international football match between Wales and Belgium.

Severe delays are reported westbound between junctions 23 and 26.

Delays are also reported at junctions 28 and 33.

Wales to clash with Belgium in Euro 2016 qualifier

Wales play Belgium at Cardiff City Stadium tonight in a key match in their Euro Qualifying campaign.

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Coleman's side are unbeaten so far and are second on goal difference behind leaders Belgium.

Wales haven't reached the finals of a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden and the stadium is expected to reach crowd capacity.

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Coleman's been asking fans to arrive at the stadium early to cheer the squad on in the pre-match preparations.

Find out everything you need know ahead of the game here.


Ledley backs Bale to reach 100 caps

Gareth Bale prepares to collect his 50th cap against Belgium on Friday night with Joe Ledley certain his team-mate will go on and reach three figures.

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Ledley was playing on the night of May 27, 2006 when Bale won his first cap against Trinidad & Tobago in the Austrian city of Graz to become the youngest Welshman - at 16 years and 315 days - to represent his country at that time.

No Welshman has won 100 caps - goalkeeper Neville Southall holding the record on 92 and the late Gary Speed the most for an outfield player with 85 - but Ledley feels Real Madrid forward Bale will achieve that mark after recalling how the young substitute made an immediate impression by setting up Robert Earnshaw's winner on his debut.

You could see Gareth had something special, brilliant on the ball, fast, and you could see his free-kicks as well. He has always had that.

You never thought 'maybe Madrid' but that is down to him. That is his dedication and the way that he has focused on the game and, credit to him, he deserves to be where he is.

– Joe Ledley, Crystal Palace and Wales

Wales star Aaron Ramsey hoping for FA Cup Final repeat

Wales star Aaron Ramsey is hoping history will repeat itself, when his club Arsenal face Aston Villa in the FA Cup final this afternoon.

The 24-year-old midfielder scored the winning goal in extra time at Wembley last season, in a dramatic 3-2 victory over Hull City.

Ramsey was the hero as Arsenal came from two goals down to beat Hull last year. Credit: PA

"To win in extra-time was amazing", Ramsey said. "To score a winner in the FA Cup final, it's everybody's dream and I managed to live it."

To finally win something after all those years and the pressure that has been put on this club was such a nice feeling of relief to finally win something.It's so important to have that hunger and determination to go out and prove that you're worthy winners.

It's not going to be an easy game, we're going to have to be aware of that, but all the lads are even more hungry to win something this time around. We want that feeling that we had last year and we want to go on and win more things.

– Aaron Ramsey

The Welsh midfielder has also been linked this week with a £50m transfer to Spanish giants, and Champions League finalists, Barcelona.

He said: "that's just something that's been written in the papers. I'm focused on Arsenal and winning the FA Cup. That sort of news doesn't affect me or even enter my mind."

Coleman on fence in Ramsey debate

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Wales manager Chris Coleman says he can see the debate from both sides when it comes to Aaron Ramsey filling a wide role or central midfield position for FA Cup finalists Arsenal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has played Wales star Ramsey in wider positions this year, with the player himself publicly declaring he prefers to occupy the middle ground.

And while Coleman claims he would not consider Ramsey as a winger in Wales colours unless circumstances dictated otherwise, he also understands Wenger's position.

In my opinion, he does all his best work for Wales in the centre.

Offensively, he starts in the centre, but he is a player who goes everywhere. He can end up wide. But it is different when you haven't got the ball. As a wide player, the job is different.

Yes, I can understand his (Ramsey's) frustrations, but I can also understand why Wenger may play him out there.

If you look at his physical statistics, he does the most high-intensity running because his engine is incredible.

So he can do the miles, he can get forward and back, so I can see why Wenger has maybe done that.

I can see it from both sides. But for us, I wouldn't (play him wide) unless I really absolutely had to."

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager
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