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Ashley Williams wants to create World Cup memories

Credit: Simon Galloway/PA Wire

Ashley Williams feels Wales are ready to create new World Cup memories after choosing to stay away from the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium on the back of their Euro 2016 heroics.

Wales open their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign tonight, with Group D outsiders Moldova the visitors to the Cardiff City Stadium.

There was a clamour in some quarters for Wales to switch their home qualifiers to the spiritual home of Welsh rugby, with interest in football at an all-time high after reaching the semi-finals of the European Championship this summer.

But the Football Association of Wales resisted the temptation to cash in on that interest and elected to stay at a 33,000-capacity ground which served Chris Coleman's side so well in the Euro qualifiers.

This is our home ground when we play for Wales, that's what we feel. We fill it out and we have had a lot of success on this pitch in recent years.

We're comfortable here, we don't see the need to move to a stadium and pitch we are not as comfortable on. We've got some great memories and experiences here and we want to create more.

– Ashley Williams, Wales Captain