England vs Wales – Match Preview

With England’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Russia on Saturday, their upcoming game against Wales is now a must win for The Three Lions.

A defeat would leave England cut adrift from Wales and Slovakia in Group B, while it would mean that Roy Hodgson’s men would need a victory over Slovakia in their final group game to secure their place in the next round of the competition.

It is sure to be a highly pressured and passionate encounter, which you come to expect from any home nation fixture.


Wales on the other hand come into this game full of confidence with nothing to lose. In their opener fixture they edged out Slovakia to claim an invaluable 2-1 victory.

That win means that Wales are currently in the driving seat in Group B going into the second round of fixtures.

Their squad will inevitably be full of confidence going into the game with England, with pressure now being lifted off their players as a result of their opening game victory.

A Wales win against England would confirm their place in the first knockout stages of Euro 2016.


England fans will now be wondering whether Roy Hodgson is going to make changes to his starting eleven for tomorrow’s vital encounter with Wales.

Many are calling for Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to start the game, after he surprisingly did not figure at any point during the game with Russia.

It is my personal opinion that he should start the game against Wales. With a win being the only option for The Three Lions, they must look to attack from the off.

I believe that both Harry Kane and Vardy should start the game, as they have been England’s best strikers this season, which is shown through them being the top two English scorers in the Premier League this term.


Clearly the player who England will have to look out for is Gareth Bale. Since joining Real Madrid two seasons ago, he has gone onto assert himself as one of the best players in Europe.

He has the ability to create something out of nothing and it is vital for England that their defensive lineup are on high alert at all times to prevent Bale having too many chances on goal.

If England put in a performance to the same impressive standard as against Russia, I see them coming out of this game victorious.

It is imperative that England are more ruthless in front of goal compared to against Russia. This fact is heightened when you consider how dangerous Wales can be, with them possessing players of the quality of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, who could easily punish England for failing to take their chances.



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