Ex-Lane boss Speed shows old habits die hard

Quality: Wales boss Gary Speed shows his skills during a training session at Wembley ahead of last night's meeting with England.
Quality: Wales boss Gary Speed shows his skills during a training session at Wembley ahead of last night's meeting with England.
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GARY Speed might have endured a difficult start to his managerial career but the Wales legend has clearly not lost his touch as player as these pictures prove.

Speed, who severed his ties with Sheffield United in order to take charge of the principality, led by example during the visitors’ final training session ahead of last night’s Euro 2012 qualifier against England at Wembley.

Quality: Wales boss Gary Speed shows his skills during a training session at Wembley ahead of last night's meeting with England.

Quality: Wales boss Gary Speed shows his skills during a training session at Wembley ahead of last night's meeting with England.

But, despite recently seeing his young side slip behind the Faroe Islands in FIFA’s rankings, the former Everton and Newcastle midfielder remains confident they can emerge as a force to be reckoned with during the scramble to reach the next World Cup.

Wales have not reached the finals of a major competition since Sweden 1958 when they were knocked-out at the quarter-final stage by eventual winners Brazil.