Gabs Gets Tough

HAMMERS defender Danny Gabbidon looks certain to start at the centre of the Wales defence against England on Saturday and is expecting a tough test as the Three Lions look to keep their World Cup qualifying campaign on track.

"It's going to be a really tough task against England," he admitted, "but the boys are up for it and hopefully we can put in a good performance.

"Having the other lads from West Ham around is great. It's fantastic for the Club to have four players in the Wales squad and hopefully we can do the Club proud on Saturday.

"There's been plenty of banter flying around the dressing-room and they'll be even more next week if Wales win. It should be a tremendous atmosphere at the Millennium Stadium and everyone in the squad is looking forward to it."

Looking at his England opponents, Danny does not see too many frailties in Sven Goran Eriksson's team and admits Wales will have to be at their best to get something from the game.

"When you look at England there aren't many weaknesses in the team," he said. "We will be trying to take advantage and expose any kind of opportunity that we can.

"We have our own strengths that we will try to play to and we're expecting a competitive game, especially with a capacity crowd at the Millennium Stadium and all the atmosphere and build-up surrounding the game.

"Wayne Rooney is a real danger and he's a great player. But he has shown in the past that you can get at him a bit, and if there's a disadvantage in his game we have to use it to our advantage.

"If we can maybe we will - providing that we stay within the rules.

"It should be a terrific contest and hopefully we can come out on top."