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Wales star who filmed team celebrating England's Euro 2016 exit comes clean

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England may have beaten Wales in the group stages of Euro 2016 but it was the Dragons who had the last laugh as they progressed to the semi-finals, whilst the Three Lions left the tournament in embarrassment after defeat to Iceland.

One of the most iconic moments at the time of England's loss in the round of 16 fixture was the video that surfaced soon after, showing the entire Welsh squad literally jumping for joy as the final whistle blew on their rival's campaign.

As you can imagine, the footage was loved by Wales fans but England supporters were far from impressed as it went viral. Now, some four months on, the Welsh star responsible for the video has rather sheepishly come forward.

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“I was filming it,” admitted Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams, when speaking to The Times (subscription required). “It was a shame it was leaked to be honest. It killed me."

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However, although he regrets the fact the video went beyond the Welsh squad, Williams, currently on loan at Ipswich Town, doesn't think the likes Aaron Ramsey, Joe Ledley and co. have anything to feel guilty about when it comes to their celebrations at England's expense.

"I got a little bit of stick. It was a good laugh and I don’t think there are any hard feelings.

"We were the last home nation to be left in the Euros and of course we are going to be happy.

“It was a special moment for us. To win the group after losing to England, it was almost like getting our payback."

Contrasting campaigns

Daniel Sturridge's stoppage time winner against Wales to secure a 2-1 win in the group stage was as good as it got for Roy Hodgson's England at Euro 2016.

England v Wales - Group B: UEFA Euro 2016

Indeed, at what must have been virtually the same time that Wales were busy celebrating England's exit, Hodgson was preparing what would be his resignation speech at the post-match press conference.

For Wales, their journey continued until the semi-final stage where they were beaten by eventual winners Portugal. The feel good factor in the squad - seen in Williams' now infamous video - was a major part of the team's success.

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As to whether the England players celebrated seeing their fellow home nation exit the competition at the hands of Cristiano Ronaldo and co?

England captain Wayne Rooney admitted back in August that he and his international teammates had been "a bit disappointed" after seeing the video but claimed that he "didn't lose any sleep" after seeing Wales lose to Portugal in the semi-finals.

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