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How Wales are expected to line-up against Iran in World Cup group game

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How Wales are expected to line-up against Iran in World Cup group game

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ales midfielder Joe Allen has trained with the squad as he looks to be fit to face Iran in his nation’s crucial World Cup group game on Friday.

Allen was ruled out of Monday’s opener against USA, which saw a late Gareth Bale penalty earn a 1-1 draw.

Further forward, striker Kieffer Moore is expected to start after being left on the bench for the first half against the Americans, which coincided with a vastly-improved second-half performance.

Team-mate Harry Wilson told reporters on Wednesday: “The game was perfect for Kieffer to come on at half-time. He gave us that platform to build and play off him.

“The next game may be perfect for DJ (Daniel James) or Brennan (Johnson). We’re lucky with the forwards we have.

“I’d say this is a must-win game now after starting off with a solid point. Now we’ve got that point on the board, we’re going into Friday’s game to get the win. Hopefully we do that and then focus on the England game.”

Wales must get a result against Iran before facing England next week as they look to get out of the group stage in their first World Cup in 64 years.

Wales predicted XI: Hennessey; Mepham, Rodon, Davies; Roberts, Allen, Ampadu, Williams; James, Bale; Moore

Iran predicted XI: H.Hosseini; Moharrami, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, M.Hosseini, Mohammadi; Jakanbakhsh, Noorollahi, Karimi, Gholizadeh; Taremi

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