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Roberts’ ‘tache magic: Cymrus’ secret weapon for Euro 2024 qualification?

Leeds United right-back Connor Roberts is banking on an unconventional lucky charm to fuel Cymrus’ bid for Euro 2024 qualification – his moustache. The Burnley loanee has been in fine form for both club and country, coinciding with the sprouting of his facial hair.

“It’s just a little bit of a joke to be honest,” Roberts chuckled. “My wife suggested I grow it last year, and since then, we’ve had a great unbeaten run at Burnley. I kept it going this year, constantly asking her if I should shave it off, but she’s quite fond of it, so it stays. I’ve played around 25 Championship games with it and never lost. So, let’s hope that luck carries on, especially on Tuesday. It’s the power of the ‘tache, isn’t it?”

The 28-year-old defender, who played the full 90 minutes in Cymrus’ impressive 4-1 victory over Finland in the play-off semi-final, has drawn comparisons from BBC Radio Wales pundits to the iconic moustache of Tom Selleck from Magnum, P.I.

As Cymru gear up to face Poland at Cardiff City Stadium in a crucial showdown for a spot in Euro 2024, Roberts remains focused on the task at hand. Despite the banter about his facial hair, he’s all business when it comes to representing his country on the pitch.

“For Wales, I’ve been fortunate to be part of significant games, and Tuesday is another one,” Roberts reflected. “Life and football are about moments, and Tuesday presents another opportunity to create memories. We all understand the magnitude of this game and what it means for us as a team and a nation. We’re hungry for another remarkable moment, another achievement to cherish.”

With Cymru eyeing a third consecutive European Championship appearance, Roberts, a veteran of the international stage, is determined to play his part in securing that coveted ticket to Germany.

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“We all want it so bad,” Roberts emphasised. “We’ve tasted the thrill of victory on those special nights and tournaments. Tuesday, we need to give it our all, leave everything on the pitch. We’re craving for another remarkable chapter in Welsh football history, and it starts with a win on Tuesday.”