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Hennessey Set For 50 Cap Milestone

2 September 2015

Eagles keeper Wayne Hennessey is set to win his 50th international cap for Wales against Cyprus on Thursday (3 September) in what will be the first of two vital Euro 2016 qualification games for the Red Dragons.

Wales currently top Group B, sitting three points ahead of Belgium and five ahead of Israel and Cyprus, with the top three advancing to the finals in France next summer.

Chris Coleman's men head to Cyprus knowing a victory in Nicosia and another three points at home to Israel on Sunday will secure qualification from Group B, but Wales endured a tough game against tomorrow's opponents in the return leg as they scraped past them 2-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium last October.

“Cyprus were good last time and this match will be tough,” said Hennessey. “We’re all buzzing and want to do well for our country. We want to get over the line but are not thinking of qualifying yet.

“The only team out of it is Andorra and everyone else still has a chance. We are taking it game by game. The job is not done yet.

"It’s in our hands and hopefully we can get it done. We want to do it for ourselves, our family, our whole nation.”

As well as a huge night for his country, Hennessey will also join Palace teammate Joe Ledley in amassing a half century of caps for Wales should he take to the field against Cyprus, having made his debut in may 2007 in a friendly against New Zealand.

He is understandably very proud of this achievement, adding: “It’s a fantastic honour. I never thought I’d reach 50.”

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