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Robbie Savage backs Wales to feed off Leicester's success at Euro 2016

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Robbie Savage has compared Wales to Leicester as Chris Coleman's side prepare for the European Championships as one of the tournament's underdogs.

Coleman announced a 29-man squad on Monday which will travel to Portugal for a training camp, before it is trimmed to 23 on May 31.

Gareth Bale was not included as the Real Madrid forward continues to recover from a knee strain, but he is expected to be fit in time for the Euros.

Wales have been drawn against England, Slovakia and Russia in Group B as they prepare for their first major finals since 1958.

And former Leicester favourite Savage, who collected 39 Wales caps during his career, has said the current crop can look at the Foxes' remarkable Barclays Premier League title success for inspiration in France.

"I think Wales are like Leicester," he said.

"In terms of the team spirit and the way Wales celebrate after ever game, they have the same togetherness.

"There is no superstar other than Bale, and if you look at Riyad Mahrez they are very similar, Bale is better than Mahrez but he has had an unbelievable season.

"If half of those Wales players walked down the street you wouldn't recognise them and I think Leicester are the same.

"If Danny Drinkwater or Christian Fuchs walked down the street in London or Manchester no-one would recognise them.

"They go under the radar but they get on with their job and if you add that Bale or (Aaron) Ramsey - or Jamie Vardy and Mahrez - they are so similar and they will look at Leicester and think of it as an opportunity."

Savage also labelled Bale as the best player in Group B and believes he is backed up by a strong midfield.

"He is the outstanding player in the group, no question," the BBC pundit added.

"Harry Kane has done great, some of the England players have done great but on his day Bale is the best player in the group - with him Wales can get out of the group, without him it will be tough.

"Undoubtedly he'd walk into the England side and be the best player in that team, too.

"I think the midfield, Andy King now a Premier League winner, Liverpool's Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey, that midfield three is crucial, add them to Gareth Bale and on their day they have an opportunity."

Meanwhile John Hartson, another former Wales international, was praising the defensive work of Coleman's men after they conceded just four goals during their successful qualifying campaign.

"We defended well during the qualifiers, we kept six clean sheets in 10 games so we are more than a one-man team but Gareth is pivotal for us of course," he said.

"Wales play three at the back, with three quality centre-halves. We have Ben Davies on the left-hand side, then there is Ashley Williams who is a rock for Swansea and revels in the role of Wales captain.

"You have James Chester or James Collins at West Ham - another strong, reliable defender and Chris Gunter, who has over 50 caps, will get up and down the right.

"They defend strongly, Bale takes a lot of the credit but they kept clean sheets and finished second in the group.

"I was Chris Coleman's assistant for the first 14 months of this campaign and they work a lot of this defensive unit. They have changed to three at the back and they have that adaptability because defensively they are strong.

"You talk about Bale, Ramsey, Allen, Sam Vokes and Hal Robson-Kanu, but defending is one of Wales' strengths, six clean sheets in 10 games is some going."

:: The BBC will provide extensive coverage of Euro 2016 across TV, radio and online from Friday 10th June 2016

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