DAFYDD IWAN has told the Welsh squad they can win the World Cup after he was introduced to them at a team dinner. 

The 78-year-old singer was taken to meet the men's national football team as they enjoyed lunch at their Vale Resort training base in the Vale of Glamorgan. 

And Iwan, who has performed his 1983 single Yma O Hyd ahead of the two World Cup play-off games, was also presented with a signed shirt, with the name of the song on its back, by head coach Robert Page and captain Gareth Bale. 

When meeting the squad Iwan told them: “You don’t realise what you’ve done for the Welsh nation. 

“Wherever I go people tell me, whether they speak Welsh or not, whether they live north or south, east or west, or in Wales or outside Wales what you’ve done has changed the face of Wales.  

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“I’ve been privileged to be part of this, with you, and it’s been a great experience. I wish you well tomorrow, I wish you well in Qatar, I don’t suppose I will see you there, but you can win the World Cup because you play with heart and that’s what you’ve given to the Welsh people; confidence, belief in themselves, and because you believe in yourselves, you can beat the world.

"Diolch yn fawr I chi am fod yn rhan o’r profiad (thank you for (me) being part of the experience).” 

The National Wales: Dafydd Iwan performing the song ahead of kick off against Ukraine. Picture: Gruffydd Thomas/Huw Evans AgencyDafydd Iwan performing the song ahead of kick off against Ukraine. Picture: Gruffydd Thomas/Huw Evans Agency

Iwan was given a rousing reception by the squad who also cheered when the Football Association of Wales’ press officer, Ian Gwyn Hughes, introduced him and said that Iwan had topped the iTunes chart. 

You can read more about why Yma O Hyd is missing from the official chart, released today, here

Gwyn Hughes joked many may have met Iwan “informally” on the pitch following Sunday’s historic victory when he led the squad in singing his song and shock hands with Bale and others. 

A video of Iwan’s meeting with the Welsh squad at dinner has been shared via the FAW’s @Cymru Twitter account. 

 

At the lunch Iwan sat down with Page and the coach told him how the players had adopted the song while in Baku, Azerbaijan during last year’s Euro 2020 tournament. 

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Iwan said he realised the song had become popular with the players as his sons, who attend Wales’ away fixtures, told him they had been in a club on an away trip and said: “Most of the Welsh team were there, and they were singing your song.” 

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