Edwards: Woodburn cut from same cloth as Bale

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Wales midfielder David Edwards believes young winger Ben Woodburn has what it takes to fill the void left by Gareth Bale when they take on Georgia on Friday.

The Dragons will take on Georgia in their penultimate Group D World Cup qualifier without Bale, who is sidelined with a calf injury, but Edwards has backed 17-year-old Woodburn to pick up the slack.

"I've seen a lot of Ben in this campaign and he reminds me of what Gareth was like when he was younger," Edwards said, according to the Daily Mail.

"And if you see what Gareth was like in the Euros, the bigger the stage, the more he thrives. There aren't many players who can do that when the whole world is watching.

"But from what I've seen, I'm pretty sure Ben is cut from the same cloth and he will relish the chance to show everyone he is the real deal."

Wales need to beat Georgia and Republic of Ireland to secure themselves at least a spot in the play-offs that are due to kick off next month. They currently sit in second position in their group, one point above Ireland and four adrift of Serbia.