world : Page right man for Wales, says Euro 2016 hero Vokes

world : Page right man for Wales, says Euro 2016 hero Vokes
world : Page right man for Wales, says Euro 2016 hero Vokes

Thursday 13 June 2024 10:31 PM

Nafeza 2 world - Page, who is contracted until 2026, was booed by some travelling fans during both this month's friendlies, leading the Wales boss to say “they [Wales fans] want me out. I completely understand".

"It's horrible to hear at any any level," said Vokes, who was part of the Wales squad that reached the semi-final of Euro 2016.

"Fans are totally entitled to their views, especially the fans that travel the miles that Wales fans do, and sometimes put up with the results like that.

"I know he [Page] is taking it on his own shoulders with the comments after the game. He's taking the pressure off the lads, he's put it on himself and kind of said to the fans 'it's on me'."

Wales missed out on qualification for this summer's Euro 2025 finals in Germany after losing a play-off final against Poland on penalties.

Their next fixtures are at home against Turkey and away to Montenegro in September, before four further fixtures in October and November in a Nations League Division B group which also includes Iceland.

"Coming up now with the next fixtures we've got in the Nations League it's actually a great time for us," said Vokes.

"It's not obviously a qualification tournament, it's kind of seen as a secondary sort of tournament the Nations League, and I think that's a great time for him to get that - I don't want to say that buzz back because we've always got it as a nation when we turn up at match day - but kind of get that feeling back that we can go and do something and qualify."

And Vokes, who scored 11 goals in 68 Wales internationals, believes the FAW will take the same view and give Page a chance to develop a Wales team seen as in transition.

"I do, yes," said Vokes.

"It's actually a great chance for us without the pressure of going straight into a qualification campaign for a tournament.

"Don't get me wrong, there's pressure and there's two tough games to start with by the way.

"We've got the rest of the calendar year of Nations League and that is a good chance to stick with him and see if we get a response from the team and the players in that time."

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