Wales Need An Ed Start to a Perfect Weekend

So, what tunes do you think Wales striker Nathan Broadhead will be listening to ahead of the crunch match against Croatia on Sunday?

Maybe he should give “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran another spin as it sums up neatly how Wales need to make no mistakes from here on in if they are to make the finals of Euro 2024.

Things got a whole lot tougher for Wales in their qualification group on Thursday night when the Croatians lost at home to Turkey.

That has put pressure on Wales to take maximum points on Sunday, or else they would need a miracle to happen in the final two rounds if they are to finish in the top two in Pool D.

“Perfect” it is then, which would be appropriate since Broadhead plans to keep on scoring for club and country after being lifted by the presence of singer Sheeran in the Ipswich dressing room.

Ipswich fan Sheeran served pints to supporters at the recent game with Hull at Portman Road before going into the home dressing room to celebrate the high-flying Tractor Boys’ 3-0 victory.

The Ipswich players marked the occasion by singing Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ hit, with the video of them and the acclaimed musician going viral on social media.

“I was surprised when he walked in, but it showed the togetherness of the club and the community spirit at Ipswich,” Broadhead said.

“It’s the first time he has come into the changing room, but the lads were happy to see him. He can come whenever he wants.


Broadhead has been a key player for newly-promoted Ipswich as Kieran McKenna’s team have surged up to second place in the Championship. “Hopefully we can keep on winning and scoring goals. I’m enjoying my football at the moment, and hopefully I can score many more goals.”

The 25-year-old former Everton forward is joint top scorer with five goals – form he would love to replicate against the Croatians.

Broadhead has scored in his last two Ipswich games, and on Wednesday night claimed a superb second goal for Wales in their 4-0 friendly victory over Gibraltar at Wrexham.

The first in March, however, was far more important, a 93rd-minute equaliser securing a 1-1 draw away to World Cup semi-finalists Croatia.

Seven months on, Wales must now deliver in Cardiff to keep hopes of automatic qualification alive for next summer’s finals in Germany.

“The feeling after the game was amazing,” said Broadhead. “That’s the moment of my career that stands out.

“We need a result and that’s the aim. We need to put our heads down, work hard and graft. It will be a tough game, but we hope for the best.”


Before Wales and manager Rob Page get down to business on Sunday evening, there are two significant club matches for the Welsh clubs in League Two on Saturday afternoon.

Wrexham host Salford City, having climbed to seventh in the table on the back of just one defeat in their last six matches.

It’s tight at the top, though, and depending on their result and others, the Dragons could either fall out of the play-off places or rise as high as third in the table.


Newport County head to Swindon Town and a reunion with their former manager Michael Flynn.

The man who kept County in the Football League, then took them to the play-off final, is working his magic at Swindon and has them up to ninth place, although they have suffered recent back-to-back defeats.