England ‘beatable’ says Wales midfielder Joe Morrell ahead of World Cup meeting

The two have been drawn in the same World Cup group.

Wales midfielder Joe Morrell has claimed that Gareth Southgate’s England are ‘beatable’ as he discussed how Wales plan to make it to the knockout stages in Qatar in November.

Wales have made it to their first World Cup since 1958, and have been drawn in Group B along with the Three Lions, Iran and the USA.

And, speaking to BBC Sport after their 1-0 defeat to Poland, Wales midfielder Morrell was asked about how he felt about Wales’ chances to make it through the knockout stages.

“We are going to need to get at least four points to go through,” he explained.

“[Facing England last] could work quite well but we’ve got three games and we might have to do well in all of them.

“It probably worked quite well in the [2020] Euros to have Italy last [in Wales’ group].

“But if it comes down to needing something against England, we’d be happy with that because, you know, they’re beatable.”

Neither sides are in particularly good form, with Wales having lost five of their six Nations League games and been relegated from Group A4, which included Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands, with just a single point to their name.

Meanwhile, England were also relegated from their Nations League group, and though they drew three times they didn’t pick up a win either, losing to Hungary twice and Italy once as they slumped to bottom spot.

In fact, the two home nations were the only sides in the top 8 groups not to pick up a win during the group stage, leaving both looking for major improvements in Qatar in November.

So, yes, the EURO2020 finalists are beatable, but perhaps not by Wales.

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