Ryan Giggs: Wales boss warns his players over Principality Stadium ahead of Spain fixture

RYAN GIGGS wants his Wales kids to raise the roof against Spain on Thursday night.

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Ryan Giggs: Wales host Spain on Thursday at the Principality Stadium
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The Wales boss takes his side back to the Principality Stadium for the first time in six years to face Luis Enrique’s star-studded side.

Giggs has asked for the stadium roof to be closed to intensify an atmosphere that will already be red hot with 50,000 tickets sold for the friendly.

The FA of Wales took a hit in revenue to play their home games at the Cardiff City Stadium and the pay off was qualification for Euro 2016.

But Giggs now wants his young Dragons and get used to big national stadium and said: “It is something extra special to have the roof closed. That doesn’t happen often. I was excited to play here.

“It looks like over 50,000 will be here which is great”

Ryan Giggs

“It looks like over 50,000 will be here which is great. I have had happy memories here. Great stadium, middle of city, view from every seat, the pitch is very good…. maybe too good! I thought about growing the grass for Spain.”

Skipper Ashley Williams added: “It is impressive. The roof was open when we came in to train, then it was closed.

“We trained with it closed and will be for the game. It was quite warm. The atmosphere changes. It feels different. Intense. It is something to enjoy.”

Giggs has a host of kids at his disposal – although main man Gareth Bale will be missing with muscle fatigue.

Rookies Ethan Ampadu, Harry Wilson, David Brooks, Ben Woodburn and Connor Roberts are all hoping to impress.

Spain hit World Cup finalists Croatia for six last month but Giggs said: “They will be fine. They did really well in the first game. It is exciting, a new stage, a new venue, like always I want them to express themselves.

“If they are in the team it is for a reason. I say to them, ‘Do the things that made me pick you.’ They will have to be on top of their game.”

Giggs will consult with Real Madrid before crocked talisman Bale (groin) is passed fit to face the Republic of Ireland in the Nations League on Tuesday.

Bale will at least get on the pitch tonight – but only to receive a Golden Boot to mark his record-breaking 30 goals for Wales.

Giggs said: “The medical team are in dialogue with Madrid. The decision is he is not fit.

“Gareth has muscle fatigue for from the weekend. We’ll give him every chance for Tuesday against Ireland. It’s 50-50, we don’t want to take any risks.”

Giggs added: “That is why I fast tracked the younger lads. We need a plan B. We need lads who are capable pushing get in even when our best players are fit.”

Wales (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Roberts, Williams, Chester, Davies; Ampadu, Allen; Brooks, Ramsey, Wilson; Vokes

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