Collison tips Dragons to roar

Youngster sees Wales heading in the right direction

Collison: Ambitious

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Jack Collison sees no reason why Wales cannot reach a major international tournament in the near future.

The West Ham star is one of a host of promising youngsters currently being blooded into the senior Welsh side by boss John Toshack.

The likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Ledley have all made the step up with ease and appear to have the success-starved nation heading in the right direction once more.

Wales have not graced a major international event since the 1958 World Cup, preventing a star-studded list of top talent from gracing football's showpiece occasions.

Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs is widely regarded as one of the best players never have qualified for a major tournament, but Collison believes the latest batch of Welsh wonders are capable of making amends for over 50 years of hurt.

Inspiration

"For players of my generation, Ryan Giggs is an obvious inspiration," the Hammers midfielder told the News of the World.

"He is one of the greatest every players, not just for Manchester United but for Wales and the rest of the nation. He is a great role model as well.

"He has won so much but maybe I could do something that he hasn't.

"With Wales we now have a lot of good talent coming through. England only just pipped our U21 side to the Euro finals in a play-off and that has given us belief that, in the next few years, we can qualify for a World Cup or European Championship.

"There is a real good chance under John Toshack because he has not been afraid to give younger players a chance, even in big games."