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Coleman's side take first step on the road to 2014 World Cup

Last Updated: 07/09/12 11:52am

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Chris Coleman: Looking to guide Wales to a World Cup finals for the first time since 1958

Chris Coleman: Looking to guide Wales to a World Cup finals for the first time since 1958

Wales take in their first competitive fixture since the tragic passing of Gary Speed looking to see off Belgium and take a positive step towards Brazil 2014.

Chris Coleman is the man charged with the task of maintaining the momentum established by Speed towards the end of Euro 2012 qualification.

It was always going to be difficult for him to generate results and performances straight away, with players, coaches and supporters still coming to terms with the loss of their popular former boss.

Wales are yet to win or score under their new coach, but there is a determination within the ranks to put things right in games that really matter.

A home date with Belgium on Friday falls into that category, as Coleman and his troops look to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.

The visitors to Cardiff will be no pushovers, though, as they boast a squad brimming with Premier League pedigree.

This is considered to be something of a golden generation for Belgium and they will be looking to turn potential into something more tangible.

Key men missing

Unfortunately for Coleman, as Wales attempt to make a flying start to their qualifying campaign, he has several key players unavailable.

Skipper and talisman Craig Bellamy has a calf injury and is also out of Tuesday's visit to Serbia, with his Cardiff team-mate Robert Earnshaw having been called up as cover.

Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley is out for at least another two weeks with a groin problem, while Brighton's Andrew Crofts (ankle) also misses out.

Midfield duo Jack Collison (knee), David Vaughan (ankle) and Swansea full-back Neil Taylor are other notable absentees along with goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (knee).

U21 starlets Jazz Richards and Ben Davies have been drafted into the squad, with Davies looking to make his senior bow.

Strength in depth

Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has a strong squad available for the clash at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen is expected to shift into the left-back position with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen and Manchester City's Vincent Kompany operating at the heart of the back four.

Dries Mertens and Mousa Dembele are the two in contention to support a lone frontman alongside Chelsea's Eden Hazard.

Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku are other familiar faces that could figure at some stage.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

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1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

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1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

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1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

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1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

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1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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