Ryan Giggs delighted by Daniel James duplicating his club form on the international stage

by Adam Evans

WALES manager, Ryan Giggs, revealed how pleased he was with Daniel James’ performance in the Dragons’ 1-0 win over Slovakia in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier.

The Wales boss put faith in several young players as six of the starting 11 were aged 23 or under, including James.

The youngster scored his first international goal in the sixth minute at Cardiff City Stadium on his first start for Wales.

Wales’ defence remained strong and held out for the victory despite late pressure from the Slovakians.

“He’s brought his club form into the international stage. I’m delighted,” said Giggs.

“His overall game was fantastic and to top it with a goal was great. He was just a threat all day.”

The Swansea man had achieved a successful pass percentage of 77% today and also had a 100% shot to goal ratio scoring with the only opportunity he had.

“I’m delighted he got the winning goal because that’s what you want. You want players playing regularly and playing well for their club and obviously Dan is doing that at the moment.”

Giggs believes James has all of the basic tools that a player requires to succeed in his career.

“He’s a talent, and when you’ve got that raw pace you are a threat at any level. As a winger you have to develop other parts of your game which I feel that he is doing.

“He’s played up front aswell which will help him because that gives you recognition and appreciation (of strikers). He just needs to carry on what he has been doing for Swansea, it’s as simple as that.”

Next up for Wales is an away trip to Group E favourites Croatia on June 8th 2019.