David Brooks in contention to start for Wales against Hungary

David Brooks in contention to start for Wales in crunch Euro 2020 qualifier against Hungary as Ryan Giggs considers tweaking his side

  • Wales take on Hungary away in a crunch Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday night
  • David Brooks is in contention to start after coming off bench to score vs Croatia 
  • Defeat vs Hungary would leave Welsh hopes for reaching Euros in major trouble
  • Ryan Giggs is therefore considering tweaking his side for the crucial qualifier 

Ryan Giggs is expected to make changes to his Wales team for the crunch qualifier against Hungary, with David Brooks in contention to start after coming off the bench in defeat to score against Croatia.

Saturday’s 2-1 loss in Osijek, coupled with Hungary beating Azerbaijan, has raised the stakes for Tuesday’s match in Budapest, where defeat would leave Welsh hopes for reaching Euro 2020 in major trouble.

Giggs is therefore considering tweaking his side with Brooks making a strong case after providing a purposeful cameo against Croatia, despite training for only two days.

Bournemouth’s David Brooks could start for Wales in their crunch clash against Hungary

Ethan Ampadu is another who could step in having once again shown his quality two days ago in midfield as a substitute. Ampadu arrived for the final 24 minutes to provide real stature in midfield but his back has been troubling him and Giggs will assess his fitness.

There is also a feeling Giggs may turn to Ashley Williams, who remains Wales captain, following a disappointing display from defender James Lawrence. Williams, 34, played regularly for Stoke at the end of the season but Giggs has been bold in backing Lawrence.

How Wales recover after playing in 30-degree heat also leaves Giggs with plenty to ponder. A number of players looked drained of energy at the final whistle of a game which needed a drinks break for both sides in either half.

Defeat against Hungary would leave Ryan Giggs’ side in danger of missing out at Euro 2020 

Wales are currently third in Group E, three points behind Croatia and Hungary, and Ben Davies is ready to accept the magnitude of the coming contest at the Groupama Arena. Giggs is placing his faith in a young side but Davies knows results must follow.

‘This is their first real taste of international football but we haven’t got too much time for that learning curve if we want to qualify for the Euros,’ Davies said. ‘Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you win games, it’s just making sure that we stop the opposition from doing their thing and showing a better account of ourselves.’ 

Davies conceded the match in Croatia had ‘taken a lot’ out of the players but added: ‘We’ve got a good medical department, good sport scientist who do most of the hard work in that situation. They’ll get us ready and as a team we’re confident we’ll be alright.’

Giggs has placed faith in a young Wales side but Ben Davies knows results must follow 

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