Hennessey happy to help English for now
Thursday 01 September 2011
Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey accepts Wales will do England a favour if they beat Montenegro tomorrow, but hopes his side can then dent the Euro 2012 aspirations of Fabio Capello at Wembley next week.
Wales have endured a miserable Group G qualification campaign to date, losing all four of their games to sit bottom of the table at the halfway stage. That leaves Gary Speed's side with no chance of reaching next summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine, and they enter this international double-header on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Australia.
At the other end of the Group G table England and Montenegro are level on points, and if Wales were able to deny the Eastern Europeans a win in Cardiff it could add a timely boost to Capello's qualification effort.
While the prospect of aiding England is unlikely to be welcomed by Welsh fans, Hennessey would be delighted to see Speed's men arrest their poor recent run, and tee themselves up for Tuesday's Wembley meeting.
He said: "We would be helping them out with a result on Friday, but I'll take that because it's about what we do. We want a lift. Things are going well off the field, everything has been brilliant in training. Hopefully, we can deliver on the pitch.
"It would be brilliant to go into Tuesday with a boost, going there with a victory and a clean sheet would be fantastic." When asked if the target was to help England and then trip them up, he added: "That's the plan."
But the Wolves goalkeeper insists that there is no danger of anyone in the Wales camp being distracted by the upcoming trip to face their closest rivals. "As players you always look at the next game and our focus is on Montenegro," he said.
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