Wales boss Rob Page says ‘forget the World Cup’ as focus turns to relegation showdown with Poland

Wales manager Robert Page insists his side will forget all about the World Cup as they try and stay in the top tier of the UEFA Nations League.

Wales remain bottom of League A4 after losing 2-1 to Belgium, though Poland's 2-0 home defeat to Holland means Page's men can avoid relegation by beating the Poles in Cardiff on Sunday. 

Wales boss Page said: "It's a final. Forget the World Cup, this is the game we want to win on Sunday.

"We've just got to recover the lads. There'll be some changes made and we'll go and put a team out to win the game."

Captain Gareth Bale is likely to start on Sunday after coming on as a second-half substitute in Brussels.

Bale only had one training session after joining the camp late from the United States on Tuesday after playing for Los Angeles FC the previous day.

Asked why Bale had not started, Page said: "All the travelling. The time difference coming back is hard work for the players to adapt to.

"To throw him straight into a game against Belgium away would be crazy.

"It was good for him to get some minutes after the jet lag

"A wise decision not to play from the start, but I was keen to get on as soon as possible and help the team.

"It's a great lesson for us. We were without five players that would make us stronger.

"There's been lessons learnt here to take into the World Cup. I said to them in the changing room, we've asked for this.

"By qualifying for the World Cup, we're asking to compete against nations like Belgium, like Holland, and we've been in the games right up until the end. It speaks volumes about that group of players."

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