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England 2 - 1 Wales

Ross Barkley was reportedly tasked with mimicking Gareth Bale in training this week

England and Wales met in the all-British clash of the group stage in Lens, with Roy Hodgson's team emerging victorious thanks to Daniel Sturridge's injury-time winner that broke Wales's stubborn defensive resistance.

The Welsh led Group B coming into the match on the back of their 2-1 win over Slovakia but the Slovakians' own victory over Russia yesterday had increased the pressure on England to get a result in today's early-afternoon kick-off.

Though there was some back-and-forth banter between the two camps in recent days over which nation has the better team on paper, England were predictably the betting favourites in live betting with LeoVegas for the game.

Everton's two representatives were both onlookers during the Three Lions' first match against Russia on Saturday in which Vasili Berezutski's injury-time header salvaged what had for long periods of the game seemed like an unlikely draw. And they had to be content to watch on from the bench again today.

With that increased need to get all three points, Hodgson didn't deviate from the side he put out against Russia, particularly defensively where England were solid until their very late lapse. MailOnline reported that Ross Barkley was tasked with mimicking Gareth Bale's direct attacking style in training this week as the players prepare to face the Real Madrid star but that was merely for practice purposes to test his defence against that kind of threat.

Barkley would have been hopeful of getting some playing time, particularly given how ordinary England looked at times in the offensive department at the weekend and again in a dull first half.

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Hodgson elected to play either or both Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli again from the start and while Rooney was again effective in more of a holding role against Russia, Alli flattered to deceive in the role that Barkley would dearly like to make his own in the national team.

And it was Wales who broke the tedium just before half time when a typical Bale free kick flew over the wall and squirmed in off Joe Hart's gloves.

Hodgson responded at the break by bringing both Jamie Vardy and Sturridge on and the Leicester man repaid his manager's belated faith by poaching the equaliser off Ashley Williams's backwards header.

The match was heading for a draw that would have favoured the Welsh far more but Sturridge collected a give-and-go with Alli and found a gap between Wayne Hennessy and the post to hand England a dramatic late winner.


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Adam Gough
1 Posted 16/06/2016 at 06:29:17
Hopefully RK has made contact with Ross and Stones to give them something to think about while sat on the bench. Can't see either getting on but as Everton is the priority sitting on the bench is not a bad thing. How selfish! Also having watched the interviews with RK I'm pretty sure these weren't filmed in Liverpool - do we know when he is due over for a press conference?
Tony Hill
2 Posted 16/06/2016 at 08:47:00
Yes, I like Alli a lot and think he's a fine player but he has been average for the last few games. I'm looking forward to today but, as far as Barkley and Stones are concerned, I can't wait for them to be properly managed and coached at Everton and if they stay on the bench under Hodgson's management then that's fine by me.

Stones may yet go, of course, though I think he'd be very foolish to leave. As for Ross, I think he'll fly with the new regime.

Brin Williams
3 Posted 16/06/2016 at 08:48:05
Adam, RK should be back for a press conference when he returns with the England team after the Slovakia game on the 20th.
Declan Campbell
4 Posted 16/06/2016 at 08:56:04
Come on England. Do these taffs. Only time get really into watching England is when they play Scotland or Wales. Moan bags both of them.
Matt Traynor
5 Posted 16/06/2016 at 09:03:03
Brin, I see what you did there!
Brin Williams
6 Posted 16/06/2016 at 09:06:33
Matt - Don't tell anyone else - wouldn't like to upset them!!
Paul Kennedy
8 Posted 16/06/2016 at 10:23:49
As long as Sterling is playing, we've got no chance. What a waste of £50 milllion.
Ian Burns
9 Posted 16/06/2016 at 11:36:00
Come on Brin - I have been trying to work this out all morning!
Jamie Crowley
10 Posted 16/06/2016 at 12:10:38
I can not wait for this game. I'm on the second leg of a drive from Florida to New Hampshire today and I'm making the two sons who are driving with me get their lazy asses out of bed at 8 a.m. to hit the road so we can listen to this game on satellite radio and not miss a second of it.

This will be a fantastic game in my opinion. Wales are a true team led by one hell of a footballer in Bale. England, in my opinion, have more talent at their disposal than any other team in the tournament sans maybe one and simply must shake that 500 pound monkey off their backs and stop choking.

It's gonna be full of passion, robust challenges, drama... it's going to be a great game (hopefully).

Tom Bowers
11 Posted 16/06/2016 at 12:26:12
Hodgson is a stubborn man and will likely go with the same starting eleven unless he wants to play more RS in which case Milner, Henderson and Sturridge may come in as well as Lallana.
Wales will play tough but I still see England shading it but only if Hodgson makes the substitutions correctly depending on the score.
Brin Williams
12 Posted 16/06/2016 at 12:35:06
Ian, There'll be plenty of time after the game!

Not having my usual egg today, just in case I get it all over my face!!!!!!!!!!!!

Timothy Sebastian
13 Posted 16/06/2016 at 13:18:15
Sad to say this, but I can see Wales winning this best for Stones and Barkley to stay on the bench. Won't do their confidence any good if there're in the starting 11 and England lose. I'm sure the press will be all over them.
Mike Powell
14 Posted 16/06/2016 at 13:31:46
Sterling starting – he was piss-poor in the first game, what the fuck does Hodgson see that no-one else can see?
Mike Hughes
15 Posted 16/06/2016 at 13:39:46
Not a big fan of international footy but this one definitely catches the eye. Hope no EFC players get injured. Can see Wales winning it.

Either way, it's going to be a great afternoon between this and a 6 horse multiple bet at Royal Ascot.

Pre-match meal sorted. Now need to hydrate ......

Geoff Williams
16 Posted 16/06/2016 at 13:59:51
Come on Wales you can beat this Spurs/Liverpool team
Derek Thomas
17 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:04:42
any feeds for this
Garry Corgan
18 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:09:32
Derek are you in the UK? It's on BBC iPlayer or
Dennis Ng
19 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:13:02
Geoff, that's a foregone conclusion in my mind. Hodgson is bad for the team.
Phil Sammon
20 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:24:31
Sterling really is an utterly appalling footballer. How can you train all day long and still not do the most basic things
Michael Kenrick
22 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:45:33
Hahaha... Go Bale!!!
Jackie Barry
23 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:47:30
He has to make changes his stubborness to stick with his favorites has caused this, and brilliance by bale of course.
Jackie Barry
24 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:49:04
Hart should have saved that, lets not buy him Mr Koeman.
Brian Porter
25 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:50:05
Hodgson didn't make changes and he's paying the price. At least I can support either team as my Mum was half Welsh.
Ray Roche
27 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:53:30
Get in , Gareth!
Gavin Johnson
28 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:54:25
Anyone else see the similarities between England & Everton. Lots of possession but no killer instinct and the tendency to let in sloppy goals.
Tom Bowers
29 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:54:54
Will this idiot manager finally realise he is the only Englishman who thinks Sterling is useful ?
Leaving out Vardy or Sturridge in favour of Sterling is stupidity at it's best. It's not even as if Sterling defends well.
I also think Joe Hart is fading fast as the number one goalkeeper.
If he is the best what are the rest like?
Good strike by Bale but Hart should have saved it. He knew it was coming.
Make the changes now Roy or retire.
Paul Graney
30 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:56:57
Joe Hart is massively overrated – why is he standing there cos, at the end of the day, it's a pretty run-of-the-mill free-kick on target but how far out is he? And nowhere near the corner of the goal.

Why does he every game keep kicking the ball out of play? £40 million your having a laugh.

Matt Butlin
31 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:57:12
This is just like us over the last 2 seasons. Literally..!
Clarence Yurcan
32 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:57:29
Roberto is on the halftime commentary team for the broadcast here in the US, talking about how to keep a good defensive shape. What do you all think about that?
James Hughes
33 Posted 16/06/2016 at 14:58:50
Clarence are you making that up ??
Chris Wilson
34 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:01:15
It's funny you say that, Gavin Johnson (28). Here in the US, the halftime analysis is provided by none other than...Roberto Martinez. I want to punch my TV when I hear him criticize the slow English tempo and too much passing.
Colin Glassar
35 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:01:54
It wouldn't surprise me if we didn't get out of this group. After Roy gets the sack he can go and watch his beloved rs players play every week. What a useless little man he is.

P.S. We will probably win now and woy will become a national hero.

Bill Gall
36 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:02:26
Well decided to go shopping with the wife instead of watching another predictable performance from England led by a manager who will not drop his favorites.
Ray Roche
37 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:02:31
I love Wales.

I saw Moby Dick three times....

Clarence Yurcan
38 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:03:08
It's all true James, can't make it up!
Peter Gorman
39 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:05:59
Could get a decent result here; England out of the tournament soon with all the ensuing disgrace and without an Everton player kicking a ball.

Obviously the press will lay into the Liverpool and Spurs players. Obviously.

James Flynn
40 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:15:44
This Roberto's third time on over here as a pundit for a major tournament. His analysis is usually right on.

But you're left wondering, "Well then why didn't YOU do that?"

Strange guy.

Colin Glassar
42 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:19:00
Peter, they will still probably blame out lads whatever happens.
Colin Glassar
43 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:20:07
1-1 Vardy
Ged Simpson
44 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:22:18
Injury time deflection for Wales and our lads can rest.
Peter Gorman
45 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:23:57
Colin, they even managed to get all three of our players into the main picture in this character piece (only surprise is they didn't crop out the golden boy);

Not a bad effort there. Will probably still use it when we bow out this year.

Paranoid? Only because they are out to get us.

Tony McNulty
46 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:40:02
Clarence - just spotted your post.

Who's on next? A cannibal advising the Vegetarian Society re. the menu for their annual get-together?

James Flynn
47 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:44:25
At work. Caught a re-play.

Was Vardy onside?

David Chait
48 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:44:33
I remember when experts said they should build the team around Barkley... Seems like a lifetime ago now.. I mean even Rashford is preferred
Ray Roche
50 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:51:14
Peter Gorman
52 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:55:16
Hooray, a goal so we don't have to focus on how utterly tripe these two teams are.

Honestly, there is nothing like a tournament to shatter the hype; seen better football from Austria, Hungary, Romania and Switzerland.

When asked to highlight which Russian players England should be wary of, Jamie Redknapp said; "none of them would get into our side, we have nothing to fear" (a risible comment at the best of times but coming hot on the heels of Leicester's championship win, just really stupid). Sums up the delusion of the average fan and pundit.

David - Alli is the new Barkley for England and he honestly stank the place out today. I don't think either Barkley or he are great talents because I look beyond comparing them to Cleverley and use Goetze instead.

Feel bad for Rashford having games thrown at him. Seems a nice kid, shame for him to be associated with this shite at such a tender age.

Tom Bowers
53 Posted 16/06/2016 at 15:56:54
Hodgson gets out of jail only because he had no alternative but to ring the changes at half-time after screwing up the starting eleven choice.
Wales unfortunately played for the draw in the end and as has happened in the Euros so far got punished by a late, late goal.
Dennis Ng
54 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:02:49
England got lucky. Wales hard done by that wrong onside call.
Tony Hill
55 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:04:17
Alli was appalling. Barkley should get a go next time but won't. I thought Rooney played well again. Wales stifled things but England are pedestrian.
Paul Graney
56 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:05:37
Wasn't offside the ball came off Williams head
Liam Reilly
57 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:10:15
Dennis, he wasn't offside, Ashley Williams played the ball toward him.
Brin Williams
58 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:10:20
Egg, humble pie, tripe, Red Shite, Not feeling good. Cymru am Byth!!
Julian Wait
59 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:15:44
He was onside when the England player played the ball.
Julian Wait
60 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:20:32
When I see OLFM on TV all the time, I think "why are you signed up for moonlighting when you can't do your day job". He rightly got roundly criticised for spending too much time in Brazil in 2014, after which Everton were Dire.

I don't see it being a positive in terms of doing the job he's paid to do when he gets another management job. If I was his next employer, I would prevent our OLFM doing these entertainment gigs.

Mike Allison
61 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:29:00
Brin, we still love you, but in an arrogant, patronising way.

Dennis, did you watch the match? 2-1 flattered Wales I'm afraid.

Most disappointing was the amount of diving from the Welsh.

Thought the Beeb's Welsh pundits were good actually, and Sturridge was quite classy in his post-match interview. (Sorry, shouldn't have said that).

Gerry Morrison
62 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:42:36
Clive Thomas. Those two words decide it for me.
Dennis Ng
64 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:49:07
Liam, maybe I didn't see the last man, thought he was off when it was headed towards him.

Mike, I thought the goals were lucky. Don't disagree the Welsh was flattered by the score.

Adam Luszniak
65 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:53:10
Dennis I'm not sure I would describe the goals as lucky, the first one was a gamble from Vardy which paid off. The second was a very good goal. When I first saw It I thought it was a goal mouth scramble but on seeing the replay each touch was deliberate and Sturridge did very well to start and finish the move. Can't wait to see us play against a team who will leave space behind them. So far Russia and Wales have looked to defend and hit on the counter. When we come up against a team that allows us to counter I think we will see the England team play how they were set up to play.
James Hughes
66 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:53:22
Brin, your lot should be through so don't feel too bad mate. my missus is from merthyr so next monday is a fight over who gets the TV and who gets the laptop
Brin Williams
67 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:54:36
'Most disappointing was the amount of diving from the Welsh.'

Our lads are used to diving over for tries Mike... oh... sorry wrong game!

Dennis Ng 'Flattered"? 'flattered'? you think we were flattered do you?
Don't flatter yourself mate — I think it was you who thought the goal should have been offside? — Well there you go.

Dennis Ng
68 Posted 16/06/2016 at 16:56:41
Adam, it's probably more of the way I see it rather than a general definition of lucky vs. well worked. Thought Sturridge lost the ball before he whipped it. Pretty sure the first one is offside though.
Peter Gorman
69 Posted 16/06/2016 at 17:00:31
Dennis, Adam - it was actually the woeful Alli that 'lost' the ball before Sturridge scored. He attempted some trick, fell on his arse, started gesticulating to the ref completely oblivious to the fact Sturridge had scored.

Alli will start against Slovakia obvs.

Dennis Ng
71 Posted 16/06/2016 at 17:13:14
Thanks James, learning some welsh today.

Peter, nice call on that play. I thought I saw someone lost the ball and didn't even think someone will be able to whip it.

Ray Roche
72 Posted 16/06/2016 at 17:24:45
Gerry Morrison #62

Mark Clattenberg. Another two words that might do it for you.

Duncan McDine
73 Posted 16/06/2016 at 17:38:08
Very poor goalkeeping by Hart for the Wales free kick. Apart from that, Bale did very little. England were far too slow in their build up (it was like watching Everton!), but Woy actually made a couple of good substitutions early enough to have an effect. I wonder if he'd have made any changes if that free kick had not gone in though... The subs were somewhat forced on him.
Geoff Williams
74 Posted 16/06/2016 at 17:38:10
Was so disappointed at the result and then the news of the murder of MP Jo Cox came through. That put everything into perspective, it was just a football match.

Adam Luszniak
78 Posted 16/06/2016 at 18:20:37
Peter, I didn't see Alli lose the ball, I thought it was a pass, but as Dennis says, much is down to interpretation! Myself I'm just hoping Ukraine can score.

By the way I think Ross would have done a better job in attacking mid that Delli Ali did.

Keith Harrison
82 Posted 16/06/2016 at 18:42:59
Good couple of days for Welsh sport these.
John Graham
83 Posted 16/06/2016 at 18:43:06
Trout items a bit of panic stations from Hodgson. Game was crying out for Barkley when he brought Rashford on. I know he hasn't been too good for us lately but he can play a killer pass. Thought Rooney looked good but Stirlingis a headless chicken. I'm sure Barkleywouldhave provided more chances.
Chris Leyland
84 Posted 16/06/2016 at 18:45:00
I think Gareth Bale was largely anonymous today and his display was particularly passionless. Apart from his goal, which 99/100 any goalkeeper should make a regulation save, I don't actually recall him having any influence on the game whatsoever.

For England, Alli was ineffective and Kane and Sterling were woeful. Kyle Walker was the stand out player for me absolutley roasting the Wales left back time and time again. We nearly signed him on 2009 but him and Naughton chose Spurs over us, although at the time it was Naughton everyone was raving about.

Brin Williams
86 Posted 16/06/2016 at 18:48:57
Keith 84 'Good couple of days for Welsh sport these.'
Bloody right Keith, two days in the head lines is bloody marvellous, reminds me of Everton and how the big boys used to bully the media into thinking that Everton did not exist.
Two days in the Limelight and no arrests yet!
Paul Tran
88 Posted 16/06/2016 at 19:55:09
One team was going forward , one team passed the ball, one team wanted to win the game, that team won the game.

Let's hope both teams win on Monday to go through.

And please, leave Sterling off the park. Looked like like a sulky kid out of his depth in a paddling pool. Rooney was superb for the second game running.

Andy Meighan
90 Posted 16/06/2016 at 22:43:31
I'm no lover of England by any means but them cocky fuckers Wales thought they only had to turn up and the points were safe. Well, sorry but that wasn't the case today.

Going forward, they offered absolutely zilch and just got men behind the ball thinking England didn't have the guile to break them down. Well, sorry but that's a dangerous game to play and it proved it today.

The only downside for me was that cretin Sturridge scoring and that idiotic celebration. I swear if I have to see that again, I'll kick the tele in. Goodnight.

Keith Harrison
91 Posted 16/06/2016 at 23:27:08
Brin, you started the smart arse stuff at post no. 3. Your Rugby guys have been beaten up , and will get slaughtered Saturday. Your footie team - and I haven't seen it - were well beat, and only in the game thanks to Joe Hart.
No arrests could be because the Russian and French thugs that are causing most of the mayhem initially don't rate the Welsh.
Not even arsed about our National footy team mate. Love Rugby - and Everton. I hope both go through, but the crowing by Bale, Ramsey, Coleman, and even to a small extent by yourself has bitten you in the arse.
Isn't it!
Rob Hooton
92 Posted 17/06/2016 at 07:27:12
Think Hart had shampoo in his eyes
Keith Harrison
93 Posted 17/06/2016 at 08:00:03
Should have used his head - and shoulders - to keep that out, Rob.
Tom Bowers
94 Posted 17/06/2016 at 16:35:50
Once England scored Wales made the big mistake of parking he bus knowing a draw would suit them rather than England.

This tournament so far has yielded many late goals and the fresh legs of Sturridge proved the undoing of Wales who despite Bale and winning their first game are not good enough to advance.

I am actually not too displeased to see Stones and Barkley omitted so far. Hodgson has his faves and his starting fave eleven proves he is a poor judge as once again Sterling was awful.

The game against Slovakia is still crucial and some extra creativity in midfield is warranted so I would like to see Wilshere come in and Rashford to start up front with either Sturridge or Vardy.

These need more playing time if they are to get past the round of sixteen and the going gets tougher.

Terry Underwood
95 Posted 17/06/2016 at 17:31:21
I'm English and want them to do well, but trying to find words to describe their performance, I came up with. Uninspiring, unimaginative, predictable and pedestrian. I exempt Rooney, Vardy and the fullbacks, but give double for Sterling. Can you really see Germany, France or Italy having that much possession against less than top class opposition and only scoring two goals including a late injury time effort? 21 attempts on goal, 4 on target.. Not good enough is it?
Roger Helm
96 Posted 18/06/2016 at 15:51:51
I'm English and proud of it but I couldn't care less about the England team, unless some of our lads are playing. I wouldn't watch them if they were playing in my back garden.

With their daft haircuts and wanky goal celebrations and their delusions that they are technically good enough to compete at the top level I'm not really bothered if they win or lose.

How many English players would get in a world or European eleven? None, although Rooney may get in the squad. And yet every tournament people who should know better think they may be in with a chance.

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