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Wales caretaker manager Brian Flynn has deflected all personal attention ahead of Tuesday's crucial Euro 2012 qualifier in Switzerland.

Flynn is anxious to make an impression in the second and final match of his spell in temporary charge but he insists competition points are all that matter. Wales' hopes of progressing to the finals from Group G are already in tatters after defeat in Montenegro was followed by another loss in Flynn's first match against Bulgaria last Friday.

The former Wrexham and Swansea boss, who could celebrate his 55th birthday in style with a win in Basle on Tuesday, said: "The team is the most important. What happens next I have no idea, I haven't spoken to anyone."

He added: "Switzerland in Basle is the key to this situation. Every international is a big game, it is football at the highest level. You can't go any higher than this.

"It is not about me, it is about Wales and this situation - that is the most important thing. But, yes, three points would be the perfect birthday present."

Flynn, having impressed in his role as under-21 boss, was asked to take over for the senior side's October double-header when John Toshack stepped aside last month.

Having worked with many of the squad previously, Flynn sees enormous potential and believes it is only a matter of time before the likes of Gareth Bale - and the currently injured Craig Bellamy and Aaron Ramsey - lead them to a major tournament. He even feels qualification this time is not completely out of the question.

"It is always a possibility," he said. "It is a huge task, a massive task, but I have huge belief in this bunch of players. I believe they will qualify for a major tournament.

"I don't know whether it will be this one but they will qualify, there is no doubt about that. The mood has been upbeat, they have been fairly positive.

"There was disappointment around the hotel on Saturday but the next one is the one that matters and here we are now. We are arriving here very similar to how the Bulgarians arrived in Cardiff after two defeats and we have belief we can win the game."

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