威爾士頭號球星的位置 "有待爭奪" - 亨尼西

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威爾士頭號球星的位置 "有待爭奪" - 亨尼西

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韋恩-亨尼西說威爾士的第一選擇門將的角色是 "有待爭奪的",儘管他似乎在周一對美國的世界盃開幕式上處於首發位置。

沃德正在努力爭取被召回,他在過去的8場英超比賽中為萊斯特城保持了6個淨勝球。

"亨內西說:"我們的狀態很好。

"那件頭號球衣是可以爭奪的。

"這是一個健康的決定,從經理的角度來看是一個好的決定。我們將拭目以待。"

亨尼西和沃德--在謝菲爾德聯隊的戴維斯的支持下--在威爾士的首發門將之爭中形成了強烈但友好的競爭。

在2020年10月對陣保加利亞的比賽中受傷之前,亨尼西是十多年來無可置疑的第一選擇。

沃德在那次比賽中取代了他,並在去年被冠狀病毒推遲的2020年歐洲杯上保持了首發位置。

然而,當沃德因傷錯過今年3月對奧地利的世界盃附加賽決賽時,亨尼西挺身而出,並在三個月後戰勝烏克蘭的附加賽決賽中保住了自己的位置,他在比賽中表現出了驚人的表現。

當被問及這一表現--以及隨後經常為威爾士隊首發--是否使他成為周一對陣美國隊時的熱門人選時,亨內西說。"並非如此。我現在還沒怎麼打球。我在上周三有一場杯賽。

"這是在爭奪。我旁邊的兩個人在這裡訓練得非常好,看起來很鋒利,所以這是一個重要的決定。"

和他的俱樂部球隊萊斯特一樣,沃德本賽季的命運也有了顯著的轉變。

他在前七次聯賽出場時丟了22個球,但在此後的八場比賽中,他保持了6個淨勝球,只丟了三個球。

"這只是一個信心問題,"沃德說。"我們有一個艱難的轉會窗口,每個人似乎都在談論,有時這在更衣室里很難處理。

"但我們一直都知道,你看看我們擁有的球員陣容,以及球員的性格和質量,我們知道這將是一個時間問題,直到我們建立我們的信心水平,並回到我們在最近幾年所設定的標準。

"值得慶幸的是,我們已經在一定程度上回到了那裡。"

沃德、亨尼西和戴維斯周五一起出現在多哈的同一個新聞發布會上,他們與守門員教練托尼-羅伯茨一起出席。

羅伯茨也是狼隊的守門員教練,他在漫長的球員生涯中為威爾士贏得了兩頂帽子,由於他大部分時間都在與偉大的內維爾-索索爾競爭,國際機會受到限制。

"羅伯茨開玩笑說:"內維爾在當時顯然是世界上最好的門將之一,所以我多年來一直背着他的包,到處跑。

"我知道在每堂訓練課、每個訓練營中戰鬥是什麼感覺。你只需要繼續前進,努力工作,這就是這些男孩所做的。

"我不能責怪他們。他們都是不同的個體,他們都有高標準。

"我們將作為一個工作人員坐下來,仔細研究情況,為美國隊挑選隊伍。

"我將有一個投入,但這不僅僅是我自己,這將是所有的工作人員都在談論它。"

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Last updated on .From the section Wales

Wayne Hennessey says the role of Wales' first-choice goalkeeper is "up for grabs" despite appearing to be in pole position to start in Monday's World Cup opener against the United States.

Ward is pushing for a recall having kept six clean sheets in his past eight Premier League matches for Leicester.

"We're in good form," said Hennessey.

"That number one shirt is up for grabs.

"It's a healthy decision, a good decision to have from the manager's point of view. We'll see."

Hennessey and Ward - backed up by Sheffield United's Davies - have developed a strong but friendly rivalry in the battle to be Wales' starting keeper.

Hennessey was the unquestionable first choice for more than a decade before getting injured against Bulgaria in October 2020.

Ward replaced him on that occasion and kept his starting place for last year's coronavirus-delayed Euro 2020.

When Ward missed the World Cup play-off final against Austria through injury in March this year, however, Hennessey stepped in and kept his place for the play-off final win over Ukraine three months later, in which he produced a stunning man-of-the-match display.

Asked if that performance - and subsequent regular starts for Wales - makes him the favourite to face the United States on Monday, Hennessey said: "Not really. I haven't been playing much at the moment. I had the one cup game last Wednesday.

"It's up for grabs. The two guys next to me here are training really well and looking sharp, so it's a big decision."

Like his club side Leicester, Ward has enjoyed a remarkable transformation in fortunes this season.

He conceded 22 goals in his first seven league appearances of the campaign but, in his eight games since then, has kept six clean sheets and shipped only three goals.

"It's just a confidence thing," said Ward. "We had a tough transfer window which everyone seemed to be talking about and sometimes that was difficult to deal with in the changing room.

"But we knew all along, you look through the squad of players we have and the characters as well as the quality of players, we knew it would be a matter of time until we built our confidence levels and got back to the standard we'd set in recent years.

"Thankfully we've gone some way to getting back there."

Ward, Hennessey and Davies all appeared together in the same news conference in Doha on Friday, where they were joined by goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts.

Roberts, who is also Wolves' goalkeeping coach, won two caps for Wales during a long playing career where international opportunities were limited by the fact he spent much of that time in competition with the great Neville Southall.

"Nev was obviously at the time one of the best goalkeepers in the world, so I carried his bags all over the place for years," Roberts joked.

"I know what it's like to fight in every training session, every camp. You've just got to keep going and work hard, and that's what these boys do.

"I can't fault them. They're all different individuals and they've all got high standards.

"We'll sit down as a staff and go through the situation and pick the team for the USA.

"I'll have an input but it's not just myself, it will be all the staff having a chat about it."

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