Leader readers have shared their thoughts on Wales changing the name of the national football team to Cymru after the World Cup. 

Cymru is already used by the Football Association of Wales in its internal and external communications and by staff at the governing body’s headquarters in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The FAW plans to speak to various stakeholders in Welsh football about the merit of changing the country’s name in international competition.

“The team should always be called Cymru, that’s what we call it here,” said FAW chief executive Noel Mooney ahead of Wales’ first World Cup since 1958.

“Our view at the moment is that domestically we’re clearly called Cymru. That’s what we call our national teams.

“If you look at our website, how we talk about ourselves, we are very much Cymru.

“Internationally we feel we have a bit more work to do yet. So we are going to this World Cup as Wales.

“But I think 2023 will be a year when we have a good discussion with all the different stakeholders – whether that Governments, our own boards, councils and decision-making bodies, staff, club and players.

“We’re a very open democratic organisation and we don’t just unilaterally decide today to do something like that."

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The proposal has sparked debate amongst readers after we asked what they thought of the name change. 

Pol Wong said: "I think it’s great. I really think the WFA are bang on promoting Cymru and Cymreichtod. It also is a great team bonding process."

Jason Lewis echoed this point saying: "About time! We must be one of the few countries where people call their own country what another nation does rather than by its own name."

However some readers were critical of the decision and questioned it's justification. 

Steve Ankers commented: "I will still call them Wales. If you want to know them as Cymru then that's fine. Don't really think this huge massive decision will impact on anybody's life."

John Saunders said: "Same thing isn't it?"

The 2023 Qatar World Cup is the second-ever World Cup tournament that Wales has competed in, going up against England, USA and Iran.