The 23-year-old winger has struggled to play regularly at Old Trafford but will be a key player for his country at Euro 2020
Daniel James says he enjoys playing under pressure as he prepares for Wales’ opener at Euro 2020.
Wales will start their campaign with a match against Switzerland in Baku on Saturday.
The 23-year-old winger played a limited role for Manchester United last season, making 15 Premier League appearances, but he is expected to be the key to Robert Page’s side this summer.
What was said?
James says he’s used to dealing with pressure in high-stakes games and can’t wait to go to Wales.
“I think being involved in a lot of games under pressure obviously helps. They’ve calmed down now, definitely,” he said. Air sports. “Before the game you have a few butterflies but it’s more excitement than nerves and as soon as I step out onto this pitch I forget everything so I wouldn’t say I’m more nervous.
“I like the pressure. I like the excitement and kind of enjoy it. Obviously I have to set my own goals and I want to contribute to the team as much as possible, by getting goals and assists and if not, I always work hard on the pitch and try to do my best. “
He added: “It’s been a great wait. We’ve waited for this extra year to get here and now we’re really excited. The days go by so fast and now all eyes are on Saturday really for this first game.
“I’m so proud to represent this country every time I put on this jersey and to be involved in the campaign to get here was amazing.
“I started this campaign with my debut and to be here now is amazing. As soon as I put on this jersey I have to let the emotions subside and play it like a normal game. I can’t wait to start.”
Who else is in the Welsh group?
After the clash with Switzerland, Wales will turn to Turkey on June 16. Wales will then close the group stage with a trip to Rome to face Italy on June 20.