Wales defender Ben Davies says his young team-mates do not have time for a learning curve as they prepare to take on Hungary in their Euro 2020 qualifier.
Ryan Giggs’ young chargers were beaten by World Cup finalists Croatia on Saturday afternoon as a first half Jamie Lawrence own goal set the hosts on their way.
Ivan Perisic doubled the advantage just after half time in what proved to be the matchwinner. David Brooks replied late on but it was not enough as Wales currently sit third in Group E after three points from two games.
They travel to Hungary on Tuesday to face the team top of the group in what is already a very important game. And, Davies, one of the few survivors from Wales’ squad which reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals, admits the young players in the squad must adapt to the rigours of international football quickly.
The squad includes five teenagers and several players only in their early 20s. “We haven’t really got too much time for that learning curve if we want to qualify for the Euros,” said Davies.
“This is their first real taste of international football. “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.”
Wales are 2.63 to get the all important win in Hungary with the hosts at 2.88 and a draw at 3.10.