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Last Updated: Sunday, 30 May, 2004, 17:10 GMT 18:10 UK
Continental Ryan lifts Wales
By John Toshack
Wales and Liverpool legend

Overall, this was a much more comfortable victory than the result would suggest.

Ryan Giggs
Ryan was played in a role that will suit him better as he gets older
Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs' approach work was good but their finishing didn't match it, Wales were at least three goals better than Canada.

The opposition will keep going if they think they have a chance and there were a couple of scary moments for Wales.

Looking ahead to the World Cup qualifying campaign, there are a lot of questions to ponder - and many of them surround Giggs.

You have to take into account the fact that Ryan will not be available for the first two matches, against Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland - Mark Hughes has got to find a solution to that.

I see Paul Parry as more of a left-sided midfielder in the Kevin Sheedy mould than as a left winger, I'm not sure he has the pace to go past people.

It's very important to get Simon Davies back and in the sort of form he was for the beginning of the Euro 2004 campaign when he and Bellamy were the key players.

But we should be able to take care of Azerbaijan and Northern Ireland, even without Ryan.

Paul Parry and Ryan Giggs celebrate Wales' winner against Canada
Playing Ryan there brought a more continental look to Wales
In the longer term, Ryan was played in a role against Canada that will suit him better as he gets older, in behind a single striker.

He's not expected to go past people down the sidelines, but his knowledge, experience and final pass can play a crucial part.

We've got goal-scoring potential with John Hartson, Bellamy and Robert Earnshaw, but if we lack one thing it's a quality passer in midfield to give the ammunition to the front men.

In Europe all the top sides play with one up front and Manchester United have moved to that formation.

Playing Ryan there brought a more continental look to Wales.

If we have two front men and Ryan on the left we can have problems in the midfield, while we also have to look at how long the likes of Gary Speed and Mark Pembridge can go on.

If he's fit, Hartson will be the one up front, but we still have to find Ryan's successor on the left side of midfield.






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