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How excited is Wales for the World Cup?

Almost 4 billion people will be tuned to the World Cup over the next few weeks.

Wales - of course aren't in the competition - but there's always England to support...

Tom Sheldrick went out to find out how excited people in Wales are for what's known as the greatest show on Earth.

Welsh pubs to get longer World Cup opening hours

Pubs in Wales will now be allowed to stay open later during the World Cup, after a U-turn by the Home Office.

The Home Secretary announced in March that licensing hours could be extended across England to allow them to screen the team's opening game against Italy, which kicks off at 11pm on June 14.

The relaxed opening hours will mean pubs can stay open when England's games are played

England's two other group matches against Uruguay and Costa Rica kick off at 8pm and 5pm respectively, but if the team reach the knockout stages with 9pm kick-offs, the relaxation could come into play again in the event of extra time.

An amendment by the UK Government means pubs in Wales will now be able to do the same.

Interested pubs will need to apply for a free Temporary Event Notice

Bale on the bench against Serbia

Wales are fifth in their group. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The world's most expensive player Gareth Bale will not start against Serbia tonight but could come on as substitute if he is fit.

The Real Madrid star remains a doubt for the World Cup qualifier, despite taking a full part in training, hours after a scan on a groin strain.

Chris Coleman also has to decide who to name as Captain with Ashley Williams suspended.


Wales face Croatia in World Cup qualifier

Wales's Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring from the penalty spot during the 2014 World Cup Qualifier against Scotland Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Wales will face Croatia in the World Cup qualifier at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea tonight.

The squad need to win to keep their hopes of qualifying alive.

Yesterday Chris Coleman announced that midfielder Owain Tudor Jones will replace the suspended Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. Ramsey was sent-off during the 2-1 win over Scotland.

Kick off will be at 19.45pm.

Wales squad for Scotland and Croatia games

  • Goalkeepers: Boaz Myhill, Lewis Price, Owain Fon Williams
  • Defenders: James Collins, Ben Davies, Chris Gunter, Joel Lynch, Ashley Richards, Sam Ricketts, Ashley Williams
  • Midfielders: Joe Allen, Jack Collison, Andy King, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey, Daiv Vaughan, Jonathan Williams
  • Forwards: Gareth Bale, Craig Bellamy, Simon Church, Steve Morison, Hal Robson-Kanu, Sam Vokes

Uncapped Jonathan Williams in Wales squad

Jonathan Williams has impressed for Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Chris Coleman has included midfielder Jonathan Williams in a near full-strength Wales squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia.

The 19-year-old midfielder has quickly become a much talked-about young talent in the Championship and even been linked with a move to Premier League holders Manchester City.

Captain Ashley Williams, Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale and Craig Bellamy are the leading names in a 23-man squad for the games at the end of the month.

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