History Made

Wales are through to the semi-finals of the Euro’s, they beat Belgium 3-1.

Not such a one man team anymore, goals from Ashley Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes sealed the win. A win orchestrated by Chris Coleman.

Gareth Bale is the star he puts his team on this level, this unattainable level without the Real Madrid star.

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Wales’ star man, Gareth Bale.

Bale’s sheer brilliance, this raw talent honing his skills amongst the best players in the world, he in his right up there with the best in the world.

It is not just Bale that has been good though, Aaron Ramsey has endured a mixed season for London club, Arsenal but in the red of Wales has been immense.

Robson-Kanu looks like a quality striker, surely a club won’t be too hard to find after a performance like that.

The whole back four including captain Ashley Williams has been tremendous, the team have only conceded four goals, two of which came against England in the only game in which Wales looked slow.

England have been humiliated whilst Wales have risen to a level that may well take them to a European title.

It’s all set up to be a cracker brilliance v belligerence, Bale v Ronaldo, Wales v Portugal.

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How Far Can England Go?

England’s win over Wales on Thursday has made sure that their destiny is in their own hands and they won’t have to rely on other results to qualify for the next round.

Following Slovakia’s win over Russia on Wednesday it has sent England to the top of their group.

Hodgson has been heavily criticised for a number of reasons, firstly the fact that the Premier League’s most prolific striker, Harry Kane was taking corners and also the arguably negative approach that has been adopted over his tenure.

Today though the former Liverpool boss has to be commended his decision to introduce Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy at half-time proved to be inspired as both strikers scored goals to overturn the 1-0 half-time deficit.

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Roy Hodgson, England manager.

England have not done it the easy way conceding a late goal against Russia in their first game in Marseille and then having Gareth Bale give Wales a one goal half-time lead.

The character shown today and the way all three substitutes (Vardy, Sturridge and Rashford) played are encouraging for England. England could well progress to the quarter-finals should this form continue.

England should seal top spot this Monday when they play Slovakia in Saint Etienne. Wayne Rooney and his players will believe that should they play as they did in the second half and if Roy Hodgson does get his selection right then England could well impress a few people.

My England XI to play Slovakia (4-3-3)

1 Joe Hart; 2 Kyle Walker 5 Gary Cahill 6 Chris Smalling 3 Danny Rose; 20 Delle Alli 10 Wayne Rooney 17 Eric Dier; 22 Marcus Rashford 15 Daniel Sturridge 11 Jamie Vardy