Wales XI vs Iran: Predicted line-ups, confirmed squad news, injury latest for 2022 World Cup group game


Midfielder Joe Allen is fit again and will be part of the squad as his country take on Iran in a crucial World Cup group game on Friday.

Allen was ruled out of Monday’s opener against USA, which saw a late Gareth Bale penalty win a 1-1 draw, but Rob Page has confirmed he is ready to get involved again .

“The medical team has been exceptional and that’s why he’s in good shape now,” Page said.

“We were all worried about him, the way he kept falling apart. He had to achieve goals along the way, he achieved everyone. If we had played him in the first game and he had gone down, he would have been eliminated completely.

“We could have pushed him for the United States, but because of the confidence we have to get out of the group, I want him long term.”

Further forward, striker Kieffer Moore is expected to start after being benched for the first half against the Americans, which coincided with a vastly improved second-half performance.

His team-mate Harry Wilson told reporters on Wednesday: “The game was perfect for Kieffer to come in at half-time. He gave us that platform to build on and play with him.

“The next game could be perfect for DJ (Daniel James) or Brennan (Johnson). We’re lucky with the forwards we have.

“I would say it’s a game to win now after starting with a solid point. Now that we have that point on the board, we go into Friday’s game to get the win. Hopefully we do and then focus on the game against England.”

Wales need to get a result against Iran before facing England next week as they seek to emerge from the group stage at their first World Cup in 64 years.

Wales predicted XI: Hennessey; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Allen, Ampadu, Williams; James, Basel; Moore

Iran predicted XI: H. Hosseini; Moharrami, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, M.Hosseini, Mohammadi; Jakanbakhsh, Noorollahi, Karimi, Gholizadeh; Taremi

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