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Wales are ready to repay faith of Toshack; John has given a lot of players a chance, we owe him something - Vaughan.


WALES' stars say they owe under-pressure boss John Toshack a strong Euro 2012 qualifying campaign as payback for building a team of young Dragons - starting against Montenegro tomorrow night.

Toshack has admitted there can be no more excuses as he goes into his fourth - and final - qualifying campaign as manager of the national side.

In the past injuries and a lack of experience have cost Wales badly and they've never been a serious qualifying threat under the former Real Madrid and Swansea manager.

But the players Toshack has shown so much faith in say they are ready to shoulder the responsibility of finally making this campaign a success.

Only four of the current Wales squad - Craig Bellamy, James Collins, Robert Earnshaw and David Vaughan - preparing to face Montenegro tomorrow night were not given their first cap by Toshack.

And despite Vaughan being handed his debut by Mark Hughes, he was nothing more than a fringe player under the now-Fulham boss. When Toshack took over as Wales manager in 2005, midfielder Vaughan became a regular starter in the national side and is now one of the most experienced players in the squad.

"John has given a lot of players a chance and now they've got 15 or 20 caps, so we all owe him something," said 27-year-old Vaughan. "His track record is second to none, he's been at some great clubs and he's helped develop me as a player so I wouldn't have a bad word to say about him. He has done a lot of good things for me." In his five years in charge of the national side Toshack has brought through the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Collision, Gareth Bale and Wayne Hennessey into the senior set-up.

He has also given a chance to Championship players like Millwall's Steve Morison, Preston's Craig Morgan and Swansea's Ashley Williams. Another of Toshack's young guns, Chris Gunter, who made his debut against New Zealand in 2007 while still a Cardiff City player, said: "He has put the majority of us in the team. "It is his team and for most of us, he has been the manager for the whole of our Welsh career. So as a collective unit everybody really wants to do well and it'll be brilliant if it is his last one and we do go all the way.

" Unlike in previous campaigns the majority of Wales' squad are now getting regular first-team football with their clubs, with the exception of goalkeepers Wayne Hennessey and Boaz Myhill. Gareth Bale has established himself as a top Premier League performer, David Edwards is cementing his place in the Wolverhampton Wanderers team and Vaughan is a key figure in the Blackpool side which won promotion from the Championship last season. "If you are playing well for your club then you bring that to Wales," added Vaughan.

"It's important to be playing for your club before you come away with Wales, it helps give you the confidence. "I think we can surprise people. We've got some great players in the squad and a team who can cause anyone problems. "To play for Wales is always good but to play in the qualifiers and get through would be something special."


TheWales players arrive at Podgorica Airport yesterday for tomorrow's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 2, 2010
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