Ricketts up for the challenge

Wales defender Sam Ricketts insists motivation will not be a problem for the squad as they prepare to place Serbia in Cardiff on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 07/09/13 at 17:13 Post Comment

Sam Ricketts: Wales defender is looking forward to the match with Serbia

Sam Ricketts: Wales defender is looking forward to the match with Serbia

Rickets saw his 50-cap landmark ruined by a 2-1 defeat in Macedonia - a result that also ended the faint hopes Wales had of qualifying for next year's World Cup.

The 31-year-old has revealed the squad are looking to finish their Group A campaign strongly to enhance their chances of qualifying for the 2016 European Championships in France.

And Ricketts confirmed Wales are also hoping to avenge a 6-1 drubbing in Serbia 12 months ago.

"To win 50 caps is brilliant on a personal level but more than anything I wanted to mark it with a win," Ricketts said. "We controlled the game well enough to get that win but it did not materialise. It feels a bit raw to be honest.

"We owe Serbia one, you always look back at sides that have beaten you like that and they are the results you want to avenge.

"We know there is huge talent in this squad and a number of youngsters with a lot of caps and a lot of experience. There are four or five players coming through who played tonight and will all go on to win 50 caps.

"The future is still looking good, the attacking players we have are very special and if we control the game like we did against Macedonia with players like that more often than not we will win.

"I think we will be in the mix for Euro 2016 but we have not written this campaign off yet. People may say we don't need to worry about this campaign, we want to win these games and finish as high as we can."

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