Wales boss looks to recreate Slovakia performance against Three Lions
Wales boss Chris Coleman has backed his players to go on an cause England an upset and insists he does not fear Roy Hodgson’s men.
England face Wales on Thursday in what is expected to be one of the most passionate games of the tournament, with two of the home nations battling it out against each other.
The Dragons beat Slovakia 2-1 on Saturday, just hours before England were forced to settle for a point against Russia, who got an injury-time equaliser through Vasili Berezutski.
But while England will be expected to come out on top, when the two sides meet in Group B late on next week, Coleman refuses to dismiss his side’s chances of recreating the performance that got them off to the perfect start on Saturday.
“We just have to go about our business and, if we do that, there’s every chance that we will get what we need.” said Coleman.
“We know we’re up against it in the next game.
“We are the underdogs, England are a top-10 team, and they are used to high-pressure situations.
“But that could work to our advantage, and if we are ourselves it can be enough to get what we want.”
Joe Allen was one of the men who performed admirably as the Dragon’s secured three points, while star player Gareth Bale’s fine strike got Wales off to the perfect start early on.
But Hodgson will now be concerned with ensuring he can get his own key men to perform to their very best against Wales, if they are to get their first three points of the tournament; knowing the result could decide who progresses to the knockout stages.