Wales defender Ashley Williams is refusing to give up all hope of reaching the World Cup finals, despite the shattering home defeat by Finland at the weekend.

It is certainly a very long shot now, but the Swansea defender is determined that Wales will go down fighting.

They meet Germany at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Wednesday in a qualifying Group Three clash, and Williams said: "There is still a chance of qualifying even if most people feel the chance is gone."

He added: "But if we get a couple of decent results next then things can change, we have to believe that. We are still in it.

"The boys still feel optimistic about it, that is why we are here and we can still qualify.

"We will be trying to beat Germany and to put on a good performance for ourselves and the country. We have played against Germany twice away in recent seasons, we got a great draw and were unlucky to lose 1-0 in this qualifying campaign."

Williams was an unused substitute against Finland, but is expected to return to defence tomorrow along with Hull's Sam Ricketts, who was suspended at the weekend.

"It was agony watching the Finland game from the bench," Williams continued. "I could see it from the fans' point of view and it was very frustrating.

"It is good that we have a team as big as Germany for our next game, we need to pick ourselves up quickly and you do not need much motivation for such a big occasion.

"They are world-class and very strong, but we are going to go out and give it a real good go. There is no point in being here if we don't have that attitude."

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