Latest updates as Robert Page chooses his team for Qatar 2022

Robert Page - Wales World Cup squad live: Latest updates as Robert Page chooses his squad for Qatar 2022 - Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images

Robert Page – Wales World Cup squad live: Latest updates as Robert Page chooses his squad for Qatar 2022 – Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images

6:33 p.m.

Tonight’s venue: Tylorstown Welfare Hall

Tylorstown Wellness Hall – Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tylorstown Wellness Hall – Nick Potts/PA Wire

6:29 p.m.

Will Qatar be the venue for Wales’ greatest achievement to date?

A more reliable indication of Wales’ chances in Qatar are their performances in the last two European Championships. Last year, a heavy 4-0 defeat against Denmark in Amsterdam knocked them out in the round of 16.

But five years before, they had gone all the way to the semi-finals after dominating a group containing England and spectacularly beating a star-studded Belgian side with goals from Ashley Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes. A 2-0 loss to eventual winners Portugal ended their fairytale journey.

A golden generation for the Welsh national team, inaugurated under the leadership of the late Gary Speed, seems to be nearing its twilight.

Sam Vokes-Darren Staples/Reuters

Sam Vokes-Darren Staples/Reuters

6:24 p.m.

The playoff journey that took Wales through

Wales 2 Austria 1

Gareth Bale opened the scoring with a spectacular free-kick from 25 yards out, before doubling Wales’ lead with a superb second-half finish.

Goal by Gareth Bales - Ian Cook/Getty Images

Goal by Gareth Bales – Ian Cook/Getty Images

Wales 1 Ukraine 0

The play-off final had been delayed for more than two months due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. On a night of high emotion, Bale’s deflected free-kick and Wayne Hennessey’s goalkeeper heroics saw Wales through.

Wales score against Ukraine - Rebecca Naden/Reuters

Wales score against Ukraine – Rebecca Naden/Reuters

6:11 p.m.

Where is the announcement made?

Tylorstown in the Rhondda Valley is the location for tonight’s announcement. This is where head coach Robert Page spent much of his time growing up.

Robert Page - Nick Potts/PA Wire

Robert Page – Nick Potts/PA Wire

6:04 p.m.

Robert Page to announce Wales’ first World Cup team in 64 years

Good evening and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of Wales’ World Cup squad announcement – their first in 64 years.

Head coach Robert Page will unveil his 26-man squad from his home town of Tylorstown in the Rhondda Valley during a special event broadcast on BBC One Wales.

The announcement should be made at 7 p.m. and we’ll have all the updates on this live blog.

The last World Cup Wales qualified for was in 1958 in Sweden, a tournament that saw them progress to the quarter-finals where they lost 1-0 to Brazil thanks to a Pelé goal .

Now, 64 years later, Wales will face the United States in their opener in Qatar on November 21, before Iran on November 25 and conclude their group stage with a game against the old English enemy on November 29.

Qualifying for the knockout stage – and a draw in the round of 16 against potentially Holland or Senegal – is achievable.

Wales topped their group at Euro 2016 finishing ahead of England and finished second to Italy at Euro 2020.

Robert Page’s side won four, drew three and lost one of their eight qualifiers to reach the play-offs, before beating Austria and Ukraine at home to qualify for this tournament.

Captain Gareth Bale and midfielder Joe Allen are among the fitness issues, while striker Rubin Colwill and Tyler Roberts are recovering from injuries.

Bale’s first competitive minutes in more than a month came for Los Angeles FC in the MLS Cup final on Saturday.

He scored them with a 128th-minute equalizer to bring the game against the Philadelphia Union to a penalty shootout – which Bale’s side won to secure their first league title.

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