JOHN TOSHACK has opened the door for the return of international football to North Wales after insisting he does not want to kick off Wales' Euro 2008 campaign with two away matches.
The Wales boss confirmed yesterday he would be prepared to stage one of September's opening qualifying games at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.
The Millennium Stadium is unavailable at the start of September because the Rolling Stones are due to stage a sell-out gig at the venue.
And although Toshack would prefer Ryan Giggs and his fellow Welsh stars to play all of their competitive matches at the capital's 72,500 ground, he would rather bring his team to Wrexham than face arduous back-to-back away clashes on September 2 and 6.
"We've got this situation where we don't want to be away for two games in September," said Toshack,, who will head to Frankfurt in seven days' time to thrash out the fixtures with his rival Group D coaches.
"I have been told these meetings are difficult and we're not going to get everything we want.
"But we've got two or three things we want to avoid. Initially, we don't want to play away from Cardiff but it will just depend on how things pan out - if it means playing at home there and then we may well have to."
Toshack would rather use up one of the free dates as well as one of the six away games, possibly against World Cup weary Germany or the Czech Republic, to kick off Wales' attempt to end their qualifying nightmare.
But with Uefa having the final say over the scheduling should there be no agreement, Toshack is wary he could end up with the two away games he fears should he not be flexible.
And that would mean the FAW having to choose between the Racecourse and Swansea's new 20,200-seater Liberty Stadium.
The Racecourse's last Wales game was the 1-0 win over Canada in May 2004 and, after the Liberty Stadium attracted criticism for their handling of the recent friendly with Slovenia, Wrexham could be the leading candidate.
Wales begin their qualifying preparations against Paraguay next month, with Dragons youngster Mark Jones expected to be named in the squad.