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The major talking points ahead of Wales’ clash with Croatia

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Croatia will qualify for the finals of Euro 2020 with a Cardiff win.

Manager Ryan Giggs has plenty to ponder ahead of Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifying clash with Croatia in Cardiff.

It comes just 72 hours after Wales’ pulsating 1-1 draw with Slovakia in Trnava, and Giggs’ side seeking to close ground on the top-two.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the main talking points surrounding the Group E fixture.

Stick or twist?

Albania v Wales – International Friendly – Elbasan Arena
Harry Wilson is expected to come into the Wales line-up to take on Croatia (Adam Davy/PA)

Ramsey’s race against time

Albania v Wales – International Friendly – Elbasan Arena
Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey faces a late fitness test on a groin injury (Adam Davy/PA)

Tight race to finish line

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  1. Croatia - 13 points
  2. Slovakia - 10
  3. Hungary - 9
  4. Wales - 7
  5. Azerbaijan - 1

Wales have found themselves in one of the most competitive groups in Euro 2020 qualifying. Croatia would secure qualification courtesy of a Cardiff victory, with Slovakia, Hungary and Wales probably battling it out for second spot. Three closing wins would see Wales make it, but two could be enough – even if they lose to Croatia. Slovakia still have to go to Croatia. Wales have a game in hand on the top three and a possibly crucial head-to-head advantage over Slovakia.

Moore to come

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Wigan’s Kieffer Moore was a revelation on his first competitive appearance in Slovakia. The 6ft 5ins striker held the ball up, brought others into play and capped his performance with an excellent first-half headed goal. Moore suffered a cut head for his troubles, but the former part-time lifeguard looks capable of making a splash for some time to come. As he admitted himself after the game, there are not many players like him in international football.

Masterful Modric

England v Croatia – UEFA Nations League – Group A4 – Wembley Stadium
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is Croatia’s talisman (Mike Egerton/PA)

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