Daniel James’ Euro 2020 expertise has made the Wales winger all of the extra decided to get to the World Cup because the Leeds new boy appears to be like to finish the 12 months with a bang for membership and nation.
Gareth Bale’s dramatic stoppage-time hat-trick goal sealed a thrilling 3-2 qualifying win over Belarus in Kazan on Sunday, maintaining hopes of Qatar 2022 qualification on observe.
Few anticipate something apart from Belgium working away with Group E given their high quality, however Wales consider they’ll usurp the Czech Republic and qualify through the play-offs.
Robert Web page’s facet will transfer second in the event that they beat Estonia on Wednesday and James, who made his main match debut in the summertime, is assured they’ll attain their first World Cup since 1958.
“I believe simply the expertise of the Euros simply makes us that sort of little bit extra thirsty to go and qualify for the World Cup,” he stated.
“It is going to be somewhat bit more durable with the groups and clearly much less qualify but it surely’s one as a staff that we absolutely consider that we will do.
“We take quite a lot of positives out of (the Euros). I believe most individuals did not assume we had been going to get out of the group and we absolutely believed that we may.
“Do not get me fallacious, we had been very disillusioned after getting via that group to exit like that (4-0 loss to Denmark in spherical of 16), but it surely’s one which we’ll study from, take rather a lot from it as a result of it was quite a lot of boys’ first main match, together with myself.
“We’re simply excited with these World Cup Qualifiers arising as a result of, as I stated earlier than, having that have of the Euros simply makes us somewhat bit extra desirous to qualify for the World Cup.”
James has an enormous few months forward as he appears to be like to play a key function on Wales’ highway to Qatar whereas beginning a brand new chapter at membership stage, having completed a deadline-day switch from Manchester United to Leeds.
“I’ve acquired to go in giving my all,” Yorkshire-born James stated. “Now it is nearly having fun with this subsequent chapter of my profession and simply the way it unfolds.
“I clearly have my very own private targets which I hold to myself, however I am trying ahead to it. I am excited to study, attending to study this new system and hopefully contribute to the staff.”
James fondly recalled enjoying Leeds as a teen at Hull and can’t wait to step out at Elland Highway – one thing he would have performed two-and-a-half years in the past had a deal for the winger not collapsed.
The Whites maintained an curiosity and Marcelo Bielsa lastly acquired his man, with the 23-year-old excited to study from the Argentinian.
“I believe, as you see, the gamers now who’ve performed with them because the Championship, they’ve all improved as gamers,” stated James.
“When you ask them, they’ll positively say that.
“Clearly I spoke to Tyler (Roberts) and he is discovered a lot that perhaps it is not even him being advised, it is sort of the classes he is performed. Not simply studying from speech, it is visually.
“It is my time. I am 23 now happening 24 however on the finish of my profession, in direction of the top, I nonetheless need to continue to learn day by day and I believe it is vital to do this.”
Leeds forked out £25m to signal James however the participant shouldn’t be anticipating to walk into the line-up.
“I have not spoke to anybody about (my place) however I am completely satisfied to play wherever within the staff,” he stated.
“I am not going to go in and anticipate to stroll into the staff as a result of it is an excellent group of gamers, who’re enjoying very nicely.
“However I believe everybody in that staff within the ahead line can play wherever so, yeah, for me I’ve performed most positions – striker, left, proper – and I am completely satisfied to play any of them.”
It’s that starvation and humility which means James obtained heat needs reasonably than abuse from Manchester United followers when making the transfer throughout the Pennines to hitch rivals Leeds.
“I had an excellent two seasons there,” he added. “I discovered a lot, performed with nice gamers.
“The supervisor (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) introduced me in and he absolutely trusted in me and I’ll all the time thank him for that.
“I had a good time there, nice reminiscences, but it surely’s a brand new chapter in my profession now and it is one which I am absolutely trying ahead to.”