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Bale 'wouldn't have any England players' in Wales team

Gareth Bale has set the tone ahead of Wales' match with England by saying not one member of England's squad would get into Chris Coleman's team.

The Wales captain was in jovial mood as he laughed off a question by ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott, on how many England players would get into the Welsh team.

Gareth Bale scored Wales' opening goal at Euro 2016, in a 2-1 win over Slovakia on Sunday, and will face England in Lens on Thursday.

Coleman: Wales to 'show what we can do' against England

Wales manager Chris Coleman is not interested in the rivalry between England and Wales ahead of Thursday's Euro 2016 match, all he cares about is getting through to the next stage, he has said in an interview.

Speaking to ITV Wales, the Welshman said it did not matter if they were playing England, Slovakia, or Russia, he was just interested in the points and the "opportunity for us to perform at the highest level" and "show people what we can do".


Gareth Bale can help Wales win Euro 2016 - King

Andy King says Gareth Bale will be the best player at Euro 2016 Credit: PA

Andy King believes Wales can defy the odds at Euro 2016 after the midfielder landed the Premier League title with 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester.

Wales are 80-1 to become European champions when making their first major tournament appearance for over half a century. And the midfielder believes the sky is the limit for the Welsh, who he feels have an edge over rivals in France thanks to having the tournament's best player in their ranks.

King has been part of one of football's greatest ever surprise story this season, and now he feels Wales can emulate Leicester's success at the Euros, with Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale leading the way after he helped his own club win the UEFA Champions League.

Gareth is probably the best player in the tournament in many people's opinion, so why can't we go there and do something? We are confident we can do that.

We've got to win six or seven games compared to 38 (with Leicester). Eighty-to-one against 5,000-1. You know which one you would rather back.

We are a talented group and I believe we have the best player in the tournament.

It's been a dream season, but ask me again in six weeks and I hope I will give you an even better answer.

– Andy King

Wales boss Coleman praying Ledley makes Euro 2016

Chris Coleman is hoping Joe Ledley is fit for Wales' Euro 2016 squad Credit: PA

Joe Ledley will discover whether his Euro 2016 fitness fight has proved successful when Wales manager Chris Coleman names his 23-man squad for the finals on Tuesday.

Ledley fractured his left leg playing for Crystal Palace on May 7 and his hopes of playing in France next month seemed over.

But the 62-times capped midfielder joined Wales on their pre-Euros training camp in Portugal last week and was running freely in individual fitness sessions away from the main group.

Wales start their Euro 2016 campaign against Slovakia on June 11 before playing England five days later, and Ledley is expected to miss both those games.

But Coleman has said he will select Ledley if the 29-year-old can show he will be ready for Wales' final group game against Russia in Toulouse on June 20.

I know my 23 now and the big one is Joe. It's just about time length. We are hoping and praying there will be good news.

It's all on those first three games for us, we can't really think beyond that. I've got a duty to the squad of players to consider how we give ourselves the best possible chance of getting out of that group.

That's a conversation I will have with Joe and the medical team. We will look at his chances of playing in those three games and work off that. We are going to have a choice. Can we wait a little longer or are we going to run out of time?

It's so disappointing for Joe that we are in this position, thinking 'can he or can't he?' He has done as much as anyone to get us there and he's important to us on the pitch and off the pitch.

– Chris Coleman


Coleman to remain as Wales boss for 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Wales boss Chris Coleman. Credit: PA

Chris Coleman has agreed a two-year contract extension to lead Wales in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Coleman, who succeeded the late Gary Speed in January 2012, has guided Wales to Euro 2016 - the country's first major finals since the 1958 World Cup.

But Coleman's current deal expires after the tournament and talks have been ongoing for several months over new terms for the 45-year-old.

The Football Association of Wales have called a news conference on Monday when it is understood that Coleman's contract extension will be announced.

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