James cool on Wales responsibility

11 June 2021 23:07:04 GMTPlus10

Wales winger Daniel James insists he no longer feels the pressure that comes with representing his country and is excited ahead of Saturday's Euro 2020 opener against Switzerland.

Wales sprung a major surprise to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and they are 8.50 to emulate those achievements. The Dragons are 81.00 to be crowned European champions.

This is James' first taste of a major international tournament and Wales will get their Group A campaign underway against a Swiss outfit ranked 13th in the world.

Robert Page's side also face group fixtures with Italy and Turkey.

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James featured just 11 times in the Premier League for Manchester United this season, but he has become an ever-present in the Welsh starting line-up.

Since making his senior debut in November 2018, the 23-year-old has been capped 20 times for Wales and is expected to start against Switzerland in Baku.

James netted the only goal in Wales' last competitive match as they edged out Czech Republic 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier at the Cardiff City Stadium in March.

And speaking to Sky Sports ahead of their Euro 2020 curtain-raiser, James hopes he can have another positive impact.

"Before the game you have a few butterflies, but it's more excitement than nerves and as soon as I get out on that pitch I forget it all, so I wouldn't say I get too nervous anymore.

"I love the pressure. I like the excitement and I kind of thrive off it. Obviously, I've got to set myself my own targets and I want to contribute to the team as much as I can."

He added: "We've waited that extra year to get here and now we're really excited. The days are going so quickly and now all eyes are on Saturday for that first game."

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