So today in Lens its Wales v England and it is the team from the land of the dragons that are in pole position in the group. A superb win over Slovakia in their first ever European Championship match has set them up nicely. They will see today as a free hit really with another game against Russia to come, which if they win anyway they would qualify for the knockout phase. In complete contrast their opponents England continued their record of never winning their first match in this competition after their 1-1 draw against a poor Russia team, the fact a very average Slovakia side beat them yesterday says it all really. The pressure has been ramped up big time on Roy Hodgson and his men especially as they should have won in Marseille last Saturday but somehow managed to throw it away, some would say unlucky, I say you make your own luck especially when playing clearly inferior opposition. The key man today may well be Gareth Bale, the only world class player on the pitch and capable of a piece of magic that could decide the match. I suspect Wales would take a point now, England really need to win it. In a worrying parallel for Roy, is that last September, Stuart Lancaster, another good man, leading the England Rugby Union team in the World Cup also had a huge match against Wales which he lost. A week later they were out of the tournament and a few weeks after that he was out of a job. Here’s hoping (for Hodgson’s sake anyways) that the opposite happens this time.
England 3 Wales 1
Ukraine 2 Northern Ireland 0
Germany 2 Poland 1
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