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Don't write off Wales' hopes, warns Vokes


Still believing: Sam Vokes
Still believing: Sam Vokes

By Phil Blanche

Sam Vokes insists Wales should not be counted out of the race for Euro 2020 qualification.

Wales' hopes of making it to the finals through a top-two spot in Group E suffered a severe setback with a 1-0 defeat to Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday.

It was Wales' second defeat in the space of four days after a 2-1 loss to Croatia on Saturday.

It leaves them six points behind leaders Hungary, albeit with a game in hand, and three adrift of Slovakia and Croatia.

"We've got an uphill task for the rest of the group but it's still doable - 100 per cent," Stoke striker Vokes said. "Realistically we probably have to win all of our games But you've seen this group, everyone beats each other.

"The last two games we've had are probably the toughest in the group, and it's disappointing not to get anything from them.

"But we've got these teams back in Cardiff now and we'll look to get something there. We've got Azerbaijan at home next in September and that will be huge for us."

Vokes provided a focal point in the closing stages as Wales frantically pushed for an equaliser.

"I thought it was there for us, which is why it's so disappointing," added Vokes.

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