Gareth Bale and Wales squad arrive in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup

Gareth Bale and Wales squad arrive in Qatar six days before their first game in a World Cup since 1958, as Dan James reveals he owes his World Cup place to his late father Kevan

  • Wales’ 26-man squad have landed in Doha, Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup 
  • Rob Page’s side including Gareth Bale jetted off from Cardiff Airport on Tuesday
  • They headed off from the Vale Resort to Cardiff City Stadium before taking off
  • Winger Dan James revealed that he owes his World Cup place to his late father
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Wales’ World Cup including LAFC star Gareth Bale have landed in Qatar as the countdown continues to the tournament getting underway.

Rob Page’s side jetted off from Cardiff Airport on Tuesday, six days before Wales first game in a World Cup since 1958.

The 26-man squad that were selected for the major tournament left the Vale Resort base near Pontyclun to head off to Cardiff City’s Stadium to receive a farewell before boarding the plane to Doha, Qatar.

Wales’ 26-man World Cup squad have landed in Qatar ahead of the upcoming 2022 World Cup

Rob Page’s side have arrived six days before Wales first game in a World Cup since 1958

The Wales squad included LAFC star Gareth Bale (pictured) and many others arriving in Qatar

They have since arrived at in the Qatari capital ahead of their opening match against USA on Monday evening. 

Wales will also take on England and Iran in the group-stages as they bid to go against the odds and progress into the knock-out stages. 

Winger Daniel James says he owes his World Cup place to his late father Kevan and will be thinking about him when Wales start their tournament on Monday.

Winger Daniel James (pictured) says he owes his World Cup place to his late father Kevan

James’ father Kevan died suddenly at the age of 60 in May 2019, just as the winger was on the verge of joining Manchester United from Swansea in a £15million transfer.

‘It’s down to him that I’m playing here today,’ said James, whose father came from Aberdare in the Cynon Valley.

‘Whenever I pull that Wales shirt on I always think of him.

‘He took me to north Wales camp when I was 12 years old. He emailed the person there to say I was eligible to play for Wales.

‘I got picked up at Swansea when I was 15 playing for Wales against Poland. I wouldn’t have played that game, and may not have been at Swansea and end up going to a World Cup but for him.

‘When I scored on my debut against Slovakia he was there, and I’m so glad that before he passed away he got to see me play for Wales.

‘He took me everywhere, taking time off work. Ultimately he travelled to watch me play for Wales from 15, 16 and onwards.’

James heads into Wales’ first World Cup appearance for 64 years very much a fixture under boss Robert Page.

James head into Wales’ first World Cup appearance for 64 years very much a fixture under boss Robert Page (pictured)

The 25-year-old has started Wales’ last 33 competitive games since making his debut in March 2019, scoring five goals in 38 international appearances.

At club level it has not always been so smooth. Two seasons at Manchester United were followed by a year at Leeds before he joined Fulham on a season-long loan in September.

‘I wanted to play games and be fit coming into the tournament,’ said James, who scored his first Fulham goal against former club United on Sunday.

‘It was always on my mind. I loved Leeds and really enjoyed it there, but I was thinking about the World Cup and maybe that I was going to get more game time at Fulham.

‘I never thought since that I’ve made the wrong decision. I spoke to the gaffer (Marco Silva) at Fulham and felt that was the best move for me in that moment.’

James scored his first goal since joining Fulham against Manchester United on Sunday 

James is set to come up against Fulham defenders Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson in Wales’ World Cup opener with the United States.

He could even be in direct competition with full-back Robinson, a potential battle between two real speedsters of the Premier League.

‘They’ve said about giving me a few kicks in training,’ said James, who says life has changed immeasurably since son Layke was born 13 months ago.

‘He (Robinson) is a great player, he’s been absolutely unbelievable this season. He’s a problem for wingers because he’ll always run you that way.

‘But he’s been incredible defensively as well. Maybe people doubted him going to the Premier League if he was going to do the defensive side that much because he’s classed as an attacking full-back.

‘He’s definitely shown that, and if we do play against each other it would be a good match up.’

Asked who would win a race between them, James instantly replied: ‘Me.’




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