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World Cup 2022: Wales striker Moore ‘can’t wait’ to put England out of World Cup

Kieffer Moore
Kieffer Moore is part of Wales’ first World Cup squad since 1958
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Towering Wales striker Kieffer Moore says he “can’t wait” to knock England out of the World Cup in Qatar.

Wales open their campaign against the United States on Monday, 21 November (19:00 GMT).

Robert Page’s face Iran four days later and complete the group stage against neighbours England on Tuesday, 19 November.

Former England C cap Moore says “it would be amazing” to put the country of his birth out of the tournament.

The 6ft, 5in 30-year-old Bournemouth player added: “There will be no mixed loyalties. I can’t remember much (about being capped by England C). It was Estonia maybe and I think I came on towards the end of the game.”

Wales‘ Torquay-born player qualifies for them via his Welsh grandfather from Llanrug in north Wales and has already noted a Premier League goal this season that was scored against England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

It came as the Cherries beat Everton 2-0 with Moore saying: “It is nice to get one up already.”

Moore also hopes his size and physical style of play can have the sort of impact Zlatan Ibrahimovic has enjoyed,

The 6ft 5in forward has the same physical build as Swedish great Ibrahimovic and would love to end England’s World Cup interest in Qatar. ”

Having progressed via Truro and Dorchester, and lower league clubs such as Yeovil, Forest Green and Torquay, Moore admits “in general people don’t like” his style of play.

“Along with the physical side not many people you come up against like that side of the game,” he said.

“It is a bit of rarity now and something you can pull on.

“You can dominate the person you are up against in a physical and aggressive way. I like to lean against stuff where I think I can have an advantage.

“One player that springs to mind (like that) is Zlatan. You can see his physical prowess, the way he holds himself, his character and the way he plays football.

“I have watched countless videos of virtually every striker worth watching. I like to analyse a lot of other people to see if that can help me and I feel I have learned a whole lot of stuff from those videos.”

However Moore is aware his approach has led to greater scrutiny from match officials which has led to a reputation for picking up yellow cards.

That led to boss Page urging him to jump for the ball without swinging his arms.

“I have made a real conscious effort of working around it for the last year or so,” said Moore.

“As dumb as it sounds, it’s not so much jumping without your arms but trying to lever yourself in that kind of way and doing different stuff to still have the same impact.”

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