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Ben Davies responds to bizarre Cafu video as Tottenham star prepares for Wales World Cup opener

Tottenham defender Ben Davies has described Cafu's support of Wales as "strange" yet "great" ahead of the start of the World Cup.

The two-time World Cup winner and Brazil’s most-capped player has created a stir in Wales by appearing in a sponsor’s video wearing a Welsh bucket hat and with a vase of daffodils beside him. There was also a ‘Wales Golf Madrid’ sign behind him – a reference to Gareth Bale’s so-called priority list during his time in Spain – as Cafu said: “Cymru, croeso nol (welcome back).

“You last played in the World Cup 64 years ago. Your return has been an inspiration to everyone, including me. Good luck boyos. Iechyd da (cheers).”

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Speaking ahead of Wales' World Cup opener against USA on Monday night, Davies said: “I saw the video and it’s class. It’s strange to see someone like Cafu wearing a bucket hat and trying to speak a bit of Welsh. But it’s great, and it shows we’re doing all the right things on and off the pitch.

“We’re on camp and really excited for the games to start. I’m sure when the games start, it will feel very different because the teams we’ll be playing against will be different.

“We know the first game is so important. We’ll have to start well in the first 10 minutes, keep our heads and stay calm. We’ll need to relax as much as we can beforehand and raise our game.”

Davies, who has impressed for Antonio Conte's Spurs side so far this season, has insisted Wales can do "something special” at the tournament in Qatar. Wales start their campaign against USA on Monday and will also play games against Iran and England in a bid to reach the knockout rounds.

On playing at the World Cup, Davies said: “It’s more a feeling that we’ve done the Euros so what’s the next step we can take. By reaching the World Cup and to have the chance of doing something special, that’s a feeling which is difficult to describe.”

He added: “Euro 2016 was something new to us all, travelling around Europe to play in a top competition, that was something different. There’s a similar feeling now, a new feeling for us facing teams we’ve not played against before.

“To be honest, it’s a success for us as a country just to qualify for a World Cup. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot of ambition to do something special in this competition.

“I want to play for Wales as long as I can. I’m concentrating on this one now, but I’d like to be in future competitions too.”


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