LENS, Sporting Alert – The anticipated UEFA Euro 2016 Group B clash between England and Wales at Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis is finally here and the fans can’t wait for the kickoff.
GOAL! ENGLAND 2-1 WALES (Sturridge 90+2)
Daniel Sturridge squeezes one home pass Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey for the game winner and England goes top of Group B. Jamie Vardy scored the equaliser earlier.
GOAL! ENGLAND 1-1 WALES (Vardy 56)
Jamie Vardy has come off the bench to score the equaliser for England 11 minutes into the second. Vardy poked home from close range from a Sturridge clipped cross into the middle of the box and Bale wanted an offside call. However, ball clearly came off the head of Williams so it’s a good goal. England and Wales are 1-1.
GOAL! ENGLAND 0-1 WALES (Bale 42)
WOW It’s Gareth Bale again! From about 35-yards out, the Wales star forward beat Joe Hart with a free-kick that the England goalkeeper should have easily saved. The ball did moved a little, but that was very poor from Hart and England has work, lots of work to do in the second half. Wales leads England 1-0.
I can start by letting you know that there are no changes to the England team, as manager Roy Hodgson has decided to stick with the team that played against Russia. The game last week ended in a 1-1 draw after England gave away a late goal.
This means that captain Wayne Rooney will once again operate in the midfield, while Harry Kane will lead the attack in the 4-3-3 formation.
There will be a lot of focus on Kane as well to see if he will still be on set pieces, following his commitment to taking corners in the Russia game.
Meanwhile, Chris Coleman has decided to mix his Wales team up a little, as goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is fit again. He is returning to the starting lineup from a problem that kept him out of the Slovakia contest.
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Joe Ledley and Hal Robson-Kanu also come into the starting team, and they replaced Danny Ward, David Edwards and Jonny Williams.
THE BALE WATCH
Gareth Bale, who scored a brilliant free kick in the first game, leads the attack. The Real Madrid winger is buzzing with confidence and he is backing his teammates to contribute as well.
Bale brushed off suggestions that Wales is a one-man team.
He noting at his press conference on Wednesday that no England player would get into the current Welsh team.
Of course, he was just joking around, as he ended his reply with a big laugh.
It is well noting that since 1879, England has beaten Wales 66 times and lost just 14.
England has also drawn 21 games, while Wales hasn’t scored against the Three Lions since 1984.
Hodgson’s side won the last meeting between these two nations, 1-0 in 2011.
Despite all of that, Wales will qualify as Group B winner with a victory. England will move to four points at the top of the group with a win.
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England: Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Eric Dier, Adam Lallana, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane. Subs: Heaton, Forster, Clyne, Henderson, Sturridge, Stones, Wilshere, Barkley, Bertrand, Rashford, Milner, Vardy.
Wales: Wayne Hennessey, Chris Gunter, Neil Taylor, Ben Davies, Ashley Williams, James Chester, Joe Ledley, Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale, Hal Robson-Kanu. Subs: Fon Williams, King, George Williams, Edwards, Richards, Cotterill, Vokes, Collins, Jonathan Williams, Vaughan, Church,