Assistant manager Raymond Verheijen believes Wales have a great chance of reaching a first major finals since 1958 when their World Cup qualifying campaign gets under way next year.

The Dragons are in the midst of a stunning revival under manager Gary Speed, which took its latest stride with Saturday's 4-1 dismantling of Norway, a side ranked 24th in the world, currently 21 places above Wales. The Cardiff City Stadium success was a fourth win in five games.

Dutchman Verheijen, who previously worked under Frank Rijkaard with Holland and Guus Hiddink with South Korea, said: "Absolutely, Wales can reach the World Cup."

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