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Wales eye 'Alamo' test - Toshack

NETHERLANDS v WALES
Venue: Feyenoord Stadium Date: Sunday, 1 June Kick-off: 1400 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and Online. Highlights on Match of the Day Wales at 2000 BST on BBC Two Wales


John Toshack

Wales manager John Toshack has warned his tyros of an epic international baptism in the Netherlands on Sunday.

Toshack's young Wales are buoyant after three successive victories but the veteran boss has told them to beware complacency in the Rotterdam friendly.

"We've got the film of John Wayne and The Alamo with us to have a look at before the Holland game!" said Toshack.

"That'll prepare us so we know what to do when things start to get a bit warm, as Holland are extremely tough."

Wales have never beaten the Netherlands and in their last visit were humiliated 7-1 in Eindhoven in a World Cup qualifier in 1996.

Toshack's team also boast four consecutive clean sheets but Wales will be lucky to escape from Rotterdam's Feyenoord Stadium having extended that impressive statistic.

Marco van Basten's team boast a throng of world-class superstars such as Real Madrid trio Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, plus Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar.

Craig Bellamy
Playing a special team like Holland in an intimidating atmosphere will be priceless experience for our young players

Wales captain Craig Bellamy

The Netherlands are in their final preparations for the Euro 2008 finals and Van Basten's men are among the favourites to win next month's European Championship.

Toshack's under-strength side, meanwhile, will be relying on highly-rated yet very inexperienced teenagers such as Aaron Ramsey, Jack Collison, Chris Gunter and Ched Evans, Wales' match-winner in Iceland on Wednesday.

"I was delighted with our win in Iceland," says Wales captain Craig Bellamy.

"But it will be completely different in Holland.

"The Dutch will be quick and on top of their game because it is their last warm-up game for the Euro 2008 finals.

"All of their stars will be fighting for places in Van Basten's starting line-up so we'll be in for one hell of a game.

"I was pleased to get 30 minutes against Iceland as I came back from an injury-plagued season but the 30 minutes or so I'll play against Holland will seem like two hours.

"I'm a huge fan of Dutch football, they're always skilful and play the game in the right manner.

"Holland are a special team."

606: DEBATE

West Ham striker Bellamy is relishing his return to Rotterdam as the 28-year-old pace ace has fond memories of the Feyenoord Stadium, otherwise known as the De Kuip.

Bellamy enjoyed one of the highs of his rollercoaster career inside the famous old ground when his two goals for Newcastle United helped the Toon Army beat Feyenoord and qualify for the lucrative Champions League second phase.

"Feyenoord Stadium is my favourite stadium," said Bellamy.

"It's a great arena to play football where the atmosphere is always intense and the fans are right on top of the action.

"It'll be an intimidating atmosphere and will be priceless experience for the young players."




see also
Van Persie doubt for Wales match
29 May 08 |  Internationals
Bellamy buzzing after milestone
29 May 08 |  Internationals
Wales suffer Fletcher injury blow
29 May 08 |  Internationals
Evans revelling in 'flukey' goal
28 May 08 |  Internationals
Iceland 0-1 Wales
28 May 08 |  Internationals
Injured Bellamy out for six weeks
21 Feb 08 |  West Ham
Newcastle go through
13 Nov 02 |  Champions League


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