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Ledley has real faith in Wales' next generation

Mexico 0-0 Wales

By Phil Blanche

Joe Ledley believes Wales' talented youngsters are set to play a massive part for the national team in the forthcoming Uefa Nations League campaign.

Wales held World Cup-bound Mexico to a goalless draw in front of a huge 82,345 crowd at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, where manager Ryan Giggs gave further opportunities to young players.

"It's great to see these young players come through and hopefully there's many more caps to come," Ledley said.

"There's a good mixture here, with the youngsters coming through and a lot of experienced players. I think we'll see that in the next campaign."

Wales' next games are in September when the inaugural Nations League campaign gets underway.

Giggs' side host the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff before travelling to Denmark, and Ledley believes they will travel with confidence after frustrating Mexico for long periods.

"It wasn't that long ago we played Mexico at this time of year and lost 2-0, so we've come a long way from there," he said.

"They're in the World Cup and we always knew it was going to be a difficult game.

"Some of us finished our season two or three weeks ago and we were always going to be up against it.

"But we worked our socks off and showed our character tonight. It was a great performance."

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