If there has ever been an example of pure football enthusiasm, it’s eight-year-old Joe Houlihan.
He spoke to me during Friday night training in a suburb of Cardiff.
Running away, he was literally shaking with excitement as he tried to find the words to express what he was feeling about Wales’ To come up shock with Denmark today.
“I feel very excited… and really happy… and great that they’re playing,” Joe said.
“I’m a little nervous because I don’t know who will win!
Joe was one of around 30 children playing football in Whitchurch – where Wales team captain and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale grew up.
A hero in these areas, a mural of his face looks at shoppers on Church Road, and many children playing football wear shirts emblazoned with his name.
Harry Nicholas, 10, thinks Wales stand a chance.
“I’m really excited. It will be a tough game but I think Wales could win it, pretty much.”
In the 2016 European tournament Wales reached the semi-finals after a 2-0 loss to Portugal.
David Adams, FA Wales technical director, has coached part of the current national team.
He thinks the team has a good chance of going as far, if not more, than previous teams.
He told Sky News: “You always support the underdogs, and Wales have always been the small nation, the underdogs, and have performed very well in the last two European Championships.
“I’ve worked with Joe Rodon, Dan James, Connor Roberts, there’s no fear in young players these days – they’ve all played on high stages and at big clubs.”
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