posted on Oct, 8 2004 @ 07:01 AM
Midfielder Gary Speed says Wales are in "confident mood" ahead of Saturday's World Cup qualifier with England at Old Trafford.
Manager Mark Hughes will relinquish control of the post he has held since 1999 after next Wednesday's home qualifier with Poland in order to
concentrate full-time on his role as Blackburn boss.
Ironically, it was a 20-year-old Hughes who scored the only goal on his international debut when Wales last met England in May 1984 at Wrexham, but
since then they have suffered 20 years of qualification heartache.
Speed said: "They don't come much bigger than that. We are confident. We have proved we can beat the best in the world and England are certainly up
there with the best but we are well prepared and confident.
"Anything can happen on the day. We have a good chance. We are underdogs and eight times out of 10 we would expect to lose. But it is a one-off game
but we are organised. We also have people on our team who can win games."