Neil Taylor interview: Wales squad can reach Euro 2016

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Wales left back Neil Taylor has told GiveMeSport that the current Welsh side is one of the best in years, and that the team should be aiming to qualify for Euro 2016 ahead of their opening qualifier against Andorra.

Chris Coleman's side travel to the Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella tonight for their Group B opener, and many pundits feel that with the teams in the group and the quality in the Welsh set up, alongside the fact that the European Championships now have 24 teams instead of the usual 16, that they could make their first tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

Straight shootout

Belgium are seen as clear group favourites, but it looks like a straight fight between the Dragons and Bosnia and Herzegovina for the second spot, with the loser going into the Euro 2016 playoffs.

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko, Roma's Miralem Pjanic and Stoke City's Asmir Begovic might all play for the country who made the World Cup for the first time this summer, but Taylor believes the Welsh have nothing to fear.

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"The players are really showing their potential on the international stage and we're at that point (where we can achieve qualification)," he told GiveMeSport before flying out for the qualifier.

"The players are all playing at club level too, and we've now got a whole squad that is capable of doing the business at a very good level against anyone. I guess that is unusual for Wales compared to the past, so we should enjoy it.

Crucial points

"The squad has kept fit, and hopefully we can start with three crucial points - that is what we want to do."

The quality of the Wales senior squad has been growing for some time, and now includes plenty of Premier League players. Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Ashley Williams and Andy King are just four names, as well as Taylor's former teammate and positional rival Ben Davies.

Don't forget the most expensive player in the world either, with Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale potentially the difference-maker at the highest level.

In contention

The 25-year-old from Ruthin has played every game for Swansea so far, as the Swans have made a perfect start in the Premier League, winning three out of three.

That includes a win away at Manchester United to go alongside victories at home against Burnley and West Bromwich Albion, and there is no doubt confidence is high both at the Liberty Stadium and in the Wales camp.

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