This is the game British football fans were waiting for in Euro 2016, and it’s made all the more important due to England dropping points against Russia.
Wales and England go head-to-head in Lens. Chris Coleman’s men won their first game against Slovakia, so they would just need a draw to have a good chance of progressing to the last sixteen. England don’t need to win either, but another draw will see them flirting with third position. A win for Wales will guarantee them progress.
Roy Hodgson’s men were on course for a deserved three points against Russia on Saturday after Eric Dier’s late free kick opened the scoring at Stade Velodrome, but Vasili Berezutski’s stoppage-time header rescued a point for Russia to deny the Three Lions a win.
Wales’ Hal Robson-Kanu and Gareth Bale struck for Coleman’s side to earn the Dragons a dramatic 2-1 win against Slovakia.
The Three Lions came into Euro 2016 in decent form having completed seven friendlies prior to the tournament, winning four, drawing one and losing two. Wales haven’t beaten England since 1984 and have won just 14 times in 101 meetings between the two neighbouring nations. The teams last met during the Euro 2012 qualifiers and England won on both occasions.
England’s goalscorer from the Russia game, Eric Dier, offers something that nobody else in Hodgson’s squad provides. He will be hugely important in helping to quell the efforts of Wales’ star attacking talents and providing a platform for his side’s attacking play.
England boss Roy Hodgson will have a fully-fit squad to choose from with no injury concerns, though he faces a tough decision on whether to start Jamie Vardy.
The Leicester striker was an unused substitute in the draw against Russia, and England’s lack of composure in front of goal despite a number of chances could see the 29-year-old handed the opportunity to impress.
Wales will have a fully fit squad for this one if Wayne Hennessey returns from a back injury, if he does recover, he’ll replace Danny Ward who started between the sticks against Slovakia.
England manager Roy Hodgson will have to make a decision on winger Raheem Sterling who wasn’t effective enough.
Joe Ledley and Hal Robson-Kanu come off the bench last time out following recent injuries and both could be in-line to start against England.
Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey faces a race to be fit after missing the win against Slovakia due to a back spasm.
Back-up keeper Danny Ward played against Slovakia instead, though Coleman will be hoping his No.1 is fit to return against Hodgson’s side.