Ledley: We haven't switched off

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New skipper Joe Ledley leads Wales into Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan insisting they are fully focused.

Wales have been decimated by injuries in the build-up to the game and tonight they will field the youngest side in history, but Ledley is confident.

"We have not switched off, we are determined to end our season with a win," the 29-cap Cardiff player said. "We are missing a lot of players for this one, and I find myself now captaining a side with young players who are less experienced than me and are looking for leadership."

He added: "I suppose I will be expected to look after them, but I'm sure I can handle it.

"I certainly feel honoured to be captaining my country at my age, and to be skipper of these players who I have grown up with. It is something you dream about and I just hope I can do a good job."

Ledley has gone from looking up to ex-international Ryan Giggs to being the leader.

He said: "I am still young but I am more experienced than many of the players in the squad. I'll be trying to look after them.

"We are missing key players with Premier League clubs, but these youngsters are good enough to get a victory here.

"This will be a hard game. Azerbaijan were difficult opponents in Cardiff and they will be tougher at home in this heat and with our fitness levels.

"But it will give the younger players experience and if they can learn in this sort of match they will have a great future ahead of them."

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