Myhill ready for Belgium test

  • Last Updated: September 4 2012, 17:08 BST

Boaz Myhill insists he is ready to fill the Wales goalkeeper's jersey in Friday's opening World Cup qualifier against Belgium.

Boaz Myhill: Ready to go for Belgium clash

The West Brom stopper is set to take the space left by Wayne Hennessey's continuing recovery from a cruciate ligament injury, as Wales face the daunting challenge of taking on Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini and co.

Myhill, 29, spent last season on loan at Birmingham but his only action so far this term was last week's outing in the Capital One Cup against Yeovil.

But having impressed with some sharp saves in last month's 2-0 defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Myhill has no doubt he will be in the best possible shape come Friday night.

He said: "I feel great, I have trained well today and I had a game in midweek last week so I am fine and ready to go. All I can do is prepare well when I am here.

"As a player you want to play, nobody gets into the game to sit on the bench and not play regular football but I am feeling well prepared."

The difficulty Wales will face in handling a star-studded Belgian side has been added to by the loss to injury of three of Chris Coleman's likely starting XI.

Swansea full-back Neil Taylor broke his ankle against Sunderland on Saturday and Brighton's Andrew Crofts is also suffering with an ankle problem, while Cardiff's Craig Bellamy has a calf strain.

Their absence is a further blow to a Welsh side who have lost their last three games without scoring a goal, sapping much of the momentum built up during the latter stages of Gary Speed's time in charge.

But Myhill believes Friday night's meeting in Cardiff should be viewed as an opportunity, not a potential pitfall.

He said: "There has been a lot of talk about all the players they have who are playing well for Premier League clubs which has raised the profile, but the start of every competition is massive and we want to start with a win.

"There is a massive weight of expectation at the start of every campaign and that is something we have to control.

"Some people may say it is easier for them as they are away from home, but we know they will be one of the top teams in the group and it is a great test for us to start with."

If Wales are to upset the odds, there will need to be a much-improved display from that produced in the dispiriting defeat to Bosnia.

Myhill said: "That game has gone now, we were disappointed as a group and we know we can do a lot better and there are guys who have now played regular football who hadn't done so before the start of the season.

"I am sure we will be in top gear and ready to go.

"We can't do anything about the last game, we have to try and build momentum and use these fixtures to kickstart things."