Kieffer Moore has told Rob Page he is ready to give his all for his side this summer after bailing out Wales against Switzerland in Baku.
After much speculation, Moore started from scratch in the Euro 2020 opener and justified his selection with a sensational equalizer at 15 minutes per hour, canceling Breel Embolo’s opener with a branded imposing header.
It was a goal that came following a pretty public outcry for Moore’s selection from fans and even some sections of the media, with Page having previously shown a preference for a “false nine” in front of the Cardiff City star.
Indeed, Moore often found himself on the outskirts under Page, starting just two of the last eight games before the draw in Baku.
It’s a situation that has clearly left Moore himself a little frustrated at times, but he insists he’s no less dedicated to the cause.
“Obviously the false nine has arrived and as a nine it’s probably not ideal,” he said. “But you know we’re getting results and beating good teams.
“It was working for us. As soon as they told me I was playing I had makeup on. I really feel like every time I put on a Wales shirt I give it my all and I am a goal threat, and really keep defenders busy.
“I didn’t like being out of the squad but I’m happy to be back and to score goals.
“It’s been a hell of a trip and for me to start this campaign with a goal and even being in the starting XI is a huge milestone for me and something I’m very proud of.”
In addition to his goal, Moore showed little reluctance to get stuck and occasionally found himself in wars. Indeed, he had to be bandaged after a nasty shock of heads in the first half.
“It’s okay,” Moore said when asked about his head. “Obviously I took a big hit but it was worth it for the goal I guess.
“It was just to stop the bleeding, but I think it also gave me a bit of grip for the head!”
Calling all Welsh football fans, we want your opinion!
You can get even more involved in WalesOnline’s Welsh football coverage by signing up to leave comments on stories, delivering your verdict, discussing the biggest news, analyzing the Euro and chatting with our journalists.
Click here to begin.
Maybe Moore should give himself a little more credit, but given his journey up to this point, it might be easy to understand his humility.
When Gareth Bale and co. were lighting up Euro 2016, Moore was plying his trade for Forest Green Rovers in the National League.
And, having worked so hard for his opportunity on the international stage, he has no intention of letting go.
“I think it’s just a benchmark for me really. Since we qualified, I’ve dreamed of that moment and visualized that moment. As soon as the ball came in, and as soon as I made my race, I knew I was going to score.
“I’m going to give my all for the team. I’ll literally get off the pitch if I have to. It’s always been my responsibility. It’s not so much the type of player I am, but the type of person I am. am. I will always do my best and give my all.
“I love it. As a forward, when you have such a burden on your shoulders, you can only take responsibility. I thrive in situations like that. We have a lot of goal threats in team, but I just have to keep doing what I’m doing and keep working hard. “
Jonny Williams recently revealed that Moore earned the nickname “Zlatan” in Cardiff, and Moore himself admits he’s taken notes from some of the best in the business in a bid to bolster his own game.
“When I do a little research and try to look at other people’s playstyle and other attacker’s playstyle. I look at the target men, I look at the nimble nine, I take everything from everyone.
“The biggest was Brazilian Ronaldo. I watched a lot of his stuff and loved the way he played.
“Scoring in the first game is a huge confidence boost for me and I’m just going to build on that momentum for the next two games.”