Gary Speed has insisted Wales would not even bother turning up against England tonight if they did not believe they could make history and snatch a shock win.
Speed, the former Sheffield United boss, will take his side to Wembley knowing it is 34 years since they last won at Wembley, with England strong favourites to end the match with one foot in next summer’s European Championship finals.
Fabio Capello’s men cruised to victory in March’s reverse fixture at the Millennium Stadium but Speed warned today that his young Wales side had learnt from that 2-0 defeat.
He also revealed he had a plan to exploit the weaknesses that have seen England fail to win at home in the past year as he looked to mastermind a result that would immortalise him and his players in Welsh sporting folklore.
“We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think we would win,” Speed said. “England are a fantastic team. They’ll cause us problems, no doubt about that, but we’re confident and we believe in the way we play.
“You never know, we might nick a result. There’s certainly no fear. England have got fantastic players and are a great team. Their qualification record is as good anybody’s.
“We know it’s going to be tough but what a great opportunity, to go there and play against one of the best teams in the world, and really try to put on a good show.
“If you go there thinking negatively, you’re just playing into their hands. You’ve got to go there with a positive attitude.
You’ve got to go there believing you can get a result from the game.”