CAPTAIN Ashley Williams believes Wales now have the experience to mount a serious challenge for qualification for Euro 2016, writes Andrew Penman.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw in a friendly against Finland saw Joe Ledley win his 50th cap and the skipper says his young teammates are getting better with every game.

And with 24 teams qualifying for the European Championships in France, Williams says there is an opportunity for Wales to end their qualification hoodoo.

“Every time we come together we get more experience,” said the Swansea City defender.

“Joe Ledley won his 50th cap this time and Chris Gunter last time so there is a lot of caps on the board now.

“We’ve got a lot of players with a lot of caps now and experiences like this will help us. We’ll learn from it and move on.

“We’re trying to focus on the 2016 campaign from this camp and we want to qualify.

“I think we need to start games better,” he added. “I don’t think we started at the tempo we wanted to play at (against Finland) but we got there in the end and performed pretty well as a team.

“It’s nice to have Joe Allen back and Andy King did well again with a goal after his good performance in Belgium.

“People that are coming are really playing well and staking a claim for a regular starting place, which is positive.”

Williams insists he had no doubt that manager Chris Coleman’s would sign a new contract and he is certain that if everyone is fit the future is bright for Wales.

“I don’t think there was any doubt for us anyway,” he said of Coleman’s future. “We always felt he was going to take the job.

“I felt we did well in the first game since he signed his contract but it is disappointing not to win it.

“It was frustrating to lose Aaron Ramsey and James Collins before the game,” he added. “If we’re going to do anything we need our strongest starting XI out and I think both of those players would be in it.

“Aaron is a quality player in form and he’d help any team. We need him to be on top form for us for us to do anything and hopefully we’ll get him back on the pitch as soon as possible.”