Former Manchester City and Wales striker Craig Bellamy has backed his country to qualify for the European Championships in two years time.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Bellamy said: “I believe in this group and think they have got one or two tournaments in them,”
“I would expect us to qualify for the next Euros.”
He also believes that Wales should be developing a stronger ‘structure’ at youth level in order to build teams capable of regularly competing at major tournaments in the future.
“I’m more concerned with the next generation than the current one,” Bellamy continued.
“How do we get them to become successful because at younger age groups we’re nowhere near qualifying for major tournaments?”
“That needs to be addressed, as does our identity to what the senior team plays like.”
“We can build a structure but we must have a clear identity. We talk identity and we’re very good at lip service.”
“But do we truly believe in it? I haven’t seen it and that needs to be hit home for us to have a future in the next 10 to 20 years.”
The former Blackburn Rover’s star finished by praising the English FA for their current set up and believes the Welsh should look to follow their example going forward.
“England have had a lot of success in youth tournaments, winning World Cups, and that tells me straight away they’re heading in the right direction,” he added.
“They’re going to have a lot of confidence on the back of that when it comes to senior level.”
“The FA are on the right path, they’ve got their act together and that’s what is putting them ahead of most nations.”