Coleman backs Woodburn for greatness

Coleman backs Woodburn for greatness

Coleman backs Woodburn for greatness

The Liverpool attacker was making his full global debut in the clash, which by winning has helped Wales keep alive their hopes of qualifying for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

He became the second-youngest player to score for Wales after Gareth Bale, taking just 261 seconds to open his Wales account.

Wales manager Chris Coleman hailed the calmness and ability of Woodburn after scoring the decisive goal on his first global appearance in a tense environment.

"I put him on to add something to us, and he certainly did that". "I put him on because I thought he had a lot to offer, because I've seen a lot of him, and thankfully it worked out". "It's for everyone else to get carried away but for me he's a bright young player and he needs to keep working hard".

"20-25 minutes to go, still 0-0, but we have a strong bench - it is a great game for young Ben Woodburn to make his debut because they don't come much tougher than that with that much pressure".

We're a couple of days removed from Ben Woodburn announcing himself to worldwide in stunning fashion, but people have picked up on something weird about the goal the Liverpool youngster served up against Austria on Saturday. It's for everybody else to say if he's going to be this, that or the other. But he has got a great future.

Woodburn is part of an exciting batch of Welsh youngsters, many of whom have already broken in to the senior squad.

Wales also cut the gap to second-placed Republic of Ireland, held 1-1 in Georgia, to two points with three matches to play as they attempt to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958. I played against him a year ago and there is not too much to him.

"I could list quite a few names and it's all very positive for us".

"It's looking good for us, it's good signs, but this is our golden generation; your Joe Allens, your Gareth Bales. Why?" The players who have produced and done something different in getting to a major tournament (Euro 2016). "He shows that you don't miss worldwide games".

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