As the 2022 World Cup edges closer, Wales international Ben Davies is adamant all his focus is on performing well for Tottenham before the major tournament in Qatar.
Wales have not featured in a World Cup for 64 years and despite the wait about to come to an end for his country to play in the competition, Davies is solely focused on wins for Spurs at present.
Anticipation Growing In Wales
Securing their place via the playoffs, Wales will finally end their wait for World Cup action when they take on the USA at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan on November 21. Fellow Spurs players Harry Kane and Eric Dier are likely to be featuring for Wales’ rivals England, with Iran also part of Group B. Wales are not being given much of a chance of reaching the knockout stages in the latest data-driven simulations as we can see by clicking here, but Davies will be thinking otherwise. The Welsh national side has come a long way since the teams that struggled at the turn of the millennia. Now a team that is more consistently qualifying for major tournaments, the future looks bright for Welsh football.
Davies, with 74 caps to his name, has played an important role in the progress the national side has enjoyed in recent years. The 29-year-old is likely to play an important role in Qatar, as Wales look to cause a few surprises in their bid to reach the knockout stages. It would not be the first time the Welsh have sprung some shocks at a major tournament, such as when they reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016. Beating the likes of Northern Ireland and Belgium on the way to the last four, Wales’ journey was brought to an end in Lyon with a 2-0 defeat to eventual winners Portugal. While there’s excitement growing in his homeland, Davies knows that priorities lie with Spurs for the moment, with the Lilywhites challenging at the top end of the Premier League table.
Focus Key For Davies And Co
Given the number of Tottenham players that will be heading out to Qatar, boss Antonio Conte will be eager to concentrate minds on Premier League action for his star players. Davies has featured 11 times in Spurs’ first 14 league games of the season with the Lilywhites winning eight of them. With rivals Arsenal and reigning champions Manchester City enjoying strong starts to the season, Spurs will be hoping to put themselves in a good place before the World Cup break.
Davies has admitted the World Cup is in the back of his mind but that there’s still work to be done with Spurs before flying out to the Middle East. It’s certainly an exciting time with both Spurs and Wales but experienced defender Davies has got his priorities sorted with Premier League duties for the moment.