Wales winger Daniel James revealed that he does not get nervous and thrives under the pressure of the big stage. Wales will play Switzerland in their opening game of Group A. This will be James’ first major international tournament after winning 20 caps for his country. He made his debut in November 2018 and is nailed on to start in Baku.
James did not play a major role in Manchester United’s season in 2020/21. He only managed to make 11 starts as compared to the 26 starts he made the previous season. James scored one of the penalties in the Europa League final last season when they lost in the final to Villarreal.
“I think being involved in a lot of pressured games obviously helps. They’ve calmed down now, definitely.” Wales winger Daniel James said. “Before the game you have a few butterflies, but it’s more excitement than nerves and as soon as I get out on that pitch I forget it all, so I wouldn’t say I get too nervous anymore.”
“I love the pressure. I like the excitement and I kind of thrive off it.” he added. “Obviously, I’ve got to set myself my own targets and I want to contribute to the team as much as I can, getting goals and assists and, if I’m not, it’s always working hard on the pitch and trying to do my best.”
Wales reached the semi-finals beating the current Number 1 rank team, Belgium in the quarter-finals. The core of the squad still exists with a lot of young talent been added. James said he cannot wait for the tournament to kickoff after it was postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.