Wales boss Ryan Giggs praises match-winner Daniel James


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Wales boss Ryan Giggs was delighted with the performance of Daniel James as the Swansea winner marked his first competitive start with the only goal in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Slovakia.

The Dragons opened their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with an important three points as they look to emerge from a competitive looking Group E, which also contains World Cup runners-up Croatia.

“He’s brought his club form onto the international stage,” said Giggs on Daniels. “I’m delighted because his overall game was fantastic, and to top it with a goal was great.

“He was just a threat all day, he will be with that pace but he’s got much more as well. “He can go either side, he’s intelligent and he works hard. I am delighted for him that he got the winner.”

Wales had seven players with fewer than 10 caps in their starting XI and Giggs was delighted with how his young side coped with pressure from the visitors late on. He added: “We are going to learn from that because we were put under pressure at the end.

“I challenged the players to keep more clean sheets because we feel with our attacking talent we are going to create chances.

“We are going to score goals. It’s going to make it more important that we do keep clean sheets.”

The next round of qualification fixtures take place in June and Wales face trips to Croatia and Hungary. Wales reached the semi-finals at Euro 2016 and are 67.00 to win Euro 2020 outright, with Croatia available at 23.00.

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