James says belief will be key when Wales take on Italy in Rome on Sunday tea-time, as the Welsh look to pick up the point needed to qualify for the second round of Euro 2020.
"I don't think you can ever write us off. Italy are a great team, but we go in believing we can win," he told BBC Sport.
“Yes we are underdogs, but we want to play the best teams.
“They had a great run going into the tournament, they're a new team from the last Euros [in 2016], lots of new players, not many weaknesses, but we have to fully believe we can go and get a result."
Earlier this week we reported how Dan had recorded the second-fastest speed at the tournament – 33.5 km/h, just under 21mph. The only man to have run faster is Italy full-back Leonardo Spinazzola (clocking 33.8 km/h) and the pair could face each other today.
“It's something I've got to use to my advantage," declared our no.21. “I've always tried to do that. [At] times I've not used it to my advantage as much as I can."