Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey earned another Wales cap on Sunday as Poland won 1-0 in the capital city.
The Reds custodian has played second fiddle behind Dean Henderson in this season’s Premier League campaign.
Hennessey did make his Forest debut during a 3-0 win over Grimsby in the Carabao Cup and looked largely impressive.
Moving to the City Ground was always going to see the 35-year-old play a watching brief, with Henderson clearly the number one.
Ahead of the World Cup, however, it’s important for the goalkeeper to be training on a regular basis as he bids to stay sharp.
It would appear that Hennessey was powerless to prevent Wales from losing and being relegated in the Nations League on Sunday.
Wales Online did award him a mediocre 6/10 but praised him for his steady performance, despite a nervy moment.
They claimed: “Reacted reasonably well when needed. A couple of smart saves in the first half. He did have a nervy moment from a stray back-pass but still pretty solid. Can’t really be blamed for the goal.”
Hennessey is a vastly experienced stopper and his expertise could be vital in the dressing room as the Reds aim to stay in the Premier League this season.
Hennessey earns another Wales cap
It’s 105 and counting now for the goalkeeper. He will hope to claim at least another three at the World Cup and it could be his last.
Hennessey will be almost 40 by the time the next World Cup comes around. Even if Wales qualify, it’s unlikely that he will still be playing.
As a result, he will hope to be in top form this winter. Wales will face England, Iran and USA in their group and will fancy getting to the knockout stages.
Hennessey is likely to remain a backup option at Forest. He will, however, get to play in both games against Manchester United, with Henderson ineligible against his parent club.
Despite a lack of action, it’s pleasing to see that he’s still looking sharp and that showcases just how much professionalism Hennessey brings to the table.