Gareth Bale celebrating his goal against Slovakia.

Wales' pride and passion can help them beat England at Euro 2016

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One of the most anticipated games of the Euro 2016 group stages is the group B clash between Wales and England.

It's the first time two home nations have been grouped together in the competition since England and Scotland were paired at Euro '96.

Wales started their campaign with a well deserved 2-1 win against Slovakia, whereas England could not hold onto their lead, as they conceded a 92nd-minute equaliser against Russia to draw 1-1.


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Coming into Thursday's fixture, the pressure really is on England to get a result, as defeat could see them staring an early exit from the competition.

Wales, on the other hand, will go into the game against their rivals full of confidence, and will believe they can beat England for the first time since 1984. 

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The current Welsh squad play with the pride that they are representing their country, which shows in their performances.

They are a close knit group and play as a team, which is embodied in their motto 'together stronger'. The star duo of Wales, Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale, have been asked in their press conferences this week how many England players would get into the Welsh team, and they both responded with the answer, none. 

They are both clearly confident in the team's ability.

England have taken a fairly young squad to the finals, and it is yet to be seen whether some of the younger players will be able to handle the pressure of such a big international match. 

Wales v Slovakia - Group B: UEFA Euro 2016

Also, England will need to come up with a plan to stop Bale. This could possibly be Eric Dier's job as the holding midfielder as it is highly unlikely that Gary Cahill will be able to keep the pace with the Real Madrid man.

The game is sure to be a high-octane one and will be like a derby match. 

In this sort of game, it is not only footballing ability that is required, but also passion, and Wales have this a plenty. Every game they give 100% for each other, the coach and the fans, this is what saw them qualify for the finals in the first place, and it is what could see them prevail against England. 

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