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Euro 2016: Alcohol ban for England and Wales fans

French Police have issued an alcohol ban during all Euro 2016 games taking place in the small northern city of Lens.

Thousands of Welsh fans expected to head to France next month to watch Gareth Bale. Credit: PA

England and Wales fans will not be allowed to drink alcohol on the streets of Lens before and after their Euro 2016 clash on June 16.

The ban will run from 06:00 local time on Thursday until 06:00 on Friday, with French authorities searching cars travelling into Lens for alcohol.

British police have told ticketless supporters to go to Lille, or another city with a fan zone, to watch the game.

The sale, transport and consumption of alcoholic drinks will be banned in the car parks, shuttle buses, coach parks and in all public areas in Lens city centre.

– Football Supporters’ Federation

Police officers from across the UK will be travelling to France to work with their French counterparts to try to ensure disorder doesn’t ruin the tournament.

Chris Coleman wary of Jamie Vardy ahead of England match

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Wales manager Chris Coleman is wary of the threat Jamie Vardy will pose in their Euro 2016 showdown with England.

Coleman said in March that England would offer no tactical surprises when the two countries meet in Lens on June 16.

But the quicksilver Vardy has since scored in England's last three games and Coleman accepts that Leicester's 24-goal Premier League winner has provided his opposite manager Roy Hodgson with another attacking dimension.

Vardy is a good player. I was a defender myself and you don't want to be running back to your own goal the whole time.

He's like Craig Bellamy, all he wanted to do was run in behind. I don't care if you are the best defender on the planet and are quick, you don't want him (Vardy) running behind you all the time.

But where he comes from (non-league), and how he plays his football, he is very much old school. It's hard not to like him

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager


Wales manager Chris Coleman signs new two-year deal

Chris Coleman has agreed a new contract to stay on as Wales manager until after the 2018 World Cup.

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The two year deal is an extension of his current contract that runs out after this summer's Euro 2016 finals in France.

Coleman, who has lead Wales to their first major finals since 1958, says he's 'delighted' to have completed the deal prior to meeting up with his squad for their pre Euro 2016 training camp in Portugal this week.

Wales have just one more game, a friendly against Sweden in Stockholm on the 5th June, before they fly to France ahead of their first game in Pool B against Slovakia in Bordeaux.

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