Kieffer Moore targets perfect hat-trick ahead of Wales World Cup decider


Wales striker Kieffer Moore wants World Cup qualification to deliver the perfect hat-trick after celebrating his Premier League arrival by relying on his girlfriend Charlotte Russell.

Bournemouth striker Moore propelled the Cherries into the top flight with the promotion winner against Nottingham Forest earlier this month.

The 29-year-old then flew on a short break to Dubai, where he proposed to Charlotte and captured the moment in pictures posted to his Instagram account.

Moore popped the question while kneeling in front of a large “marry me” sign.

“It’s been a long time coming with Covid and the Euros,” Moore said of his commitment from Wales’ training camp in Portugal.

“I wanted to do it sooner, but it was just the right time and the right moment.”

Moore had a whirlwind just weeks after being sidelined for more than two months with a broken foot.

Kieffer Moore celebrates the goal scored against Nottingham Forest which took Bournemouth to the Premier League (John Walton/PA)

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The injury came minutes after the 6ft5in striker made his Bournemouth debut following a January move from Cardiff.

Moore missed Wales’ World Cup play-off win over Austria in March but scored four goals in as many games as the Cherries returned to the Premier League after a two-season absence.

He said: “I haven’t played as much football this season as I wanted to, and it’s been a tough road to come back with all the rehabilitation and everything I’ve had to overcome.

“But to score those goals at the end of the season and get promoted to the Premier League was unbelievable.



Playing at a World Cup is the pinnacle and that would mean everything

Kieffer Moore

“I feel really good. The break helped me get rid of a lot of the issues I was dealing with throughout the season and feel great.

Wales begin their Nations League campaign in Poland on Wednesday.

But all thoughts are on the play-off final against Scotland or Ukraine in Cardiff the following Sunday, with Wales one win away from ending a 64-year wait to play at a World Cup.

“Playing at a World Cup is the pinnacle and that would mean everything,” said Moore, whose busy career has taken him to football outposts such as Dorchester, Truro and Norwegian club Viking.

“If I could do it in the same year as playing in the Premier League, that’s an incredible achievement. It would be a pinch moment for me.

“I scored a goal to help bring Bournemouth back to the Premier League and I definitely dream of scoring the winner to take Wales to the World Cup.”

The postponement of the Scotland-Ukraine game in March has allowed Moore to regain fitness for a decisive World Cup match he would have originally missed.

He said: “I’m very lucky to be able to play in this match. I got injured for the first, when the unexpected happened, but luckily now I have the chance to play my part.

“I’m very happy about it. Scoring the goal that will take your country to the World Cup is what everyone dreams of.

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