Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wales strategy excites Ricketts

Defender Sam Ricketts has won 39 caps for Wales
Defender Sam Ricketts has won 39 caps for Wales

Sam Ricketts is enjoying the approach taken by Wales caretaker-manager Brian Flynn for their Euro 2012 qualifiers with Bulgaria and Switzerland.

Wales face Bulgaria in Cardiff on Friday and go to Basel next Tuesday.

"He wants to be attacking, he wants goals... it's only been two days and the training is a lot different," said Bolton defender Ricketts.

"He's wanted for years to be in this position now and he's grabbing it with both hands."

Flynn has had great success with the Wales Under-21 side and is credited with bringing a crop of exciting youngsters through to the senior side.

The likes of Tottenham's Gareth Bale, plus injured pair Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal and West Ham's Jack Collison have all come through the Wales age group set-up.

Flynn was placed in charge of the senior side after John Toshack stood down following the 1-0 loss in Montenegro last month, an unexpected set-back in Wales' opening Group G match.

The Football Association of Wales has yet to decide on a permanent replacement but Ricketts believes that Flynn is in pole position.

"He is doing everything he can to prove that he's the man for the job and everyone is hoping that's the case," said Ricketts.

"The lads are upbeat, the training is short and sharp, we're trying to get the tempo up to take that into the game Friday night and produce performances.

"A lot of the kids have worked with Brian coming through the age groups and know what he's about, I think there's only me and a couple of others who haven't worked under him.

We're a young, fit, energetic side and we should use that to our ability

Wales defender Sam Ricketts

"We're a young squad now and there shouldn't really be any more retirements, everyone who's here is going to be here for the next 10 years or so and there's a chance to really build."

While Ricketts is excited about the new regime, he is quick to point out the efforts made by Toshack who took over from Mark Hughes and oversaw a transitional stage of Wales' development.

"I can't speak highly enough of him, he took a gamble on me when I was in League Two... and I've been very grateful ever since, it's helped me in my career massively," said the Bolton left-back.

Ricketts believes that with the ability of the players within the Wales squad they should become a force in world football.

However, the 28-year-old former Hull and Swansea player believes that Wales should try to play more to the strengths of British football.

"The way we play in the Premier League, the Championship, it's full in-your-face. I don't think the foreign sides could live with it," Ricketts added.

"The British sides in Europe have done that so well because [other] teams can't live with it and that's what we should do.

"We're a young, fit, energetic side and we should use that to our ability and... go toe-to-toe with them.

"This is a game where we have to win at home if we're to do anything. We're capable of getting the six points in these two games and that's what we need to do if we're to have a realistic chance achieving anything in this group."

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