England boss Hodgson brushes off Wales jibes ahead of Lens showdown

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England boss Roy Hodgson is surprised by the amount of talk surrounding comments made by Wales' players in the build-up to Thursday's Euro 2016 showdown in Lens.

Gareth Bale questioned England's pride and passion and both he and midfielder Aaron Ramsey suggested none of Hodgson's squad would make Wales' starting line-up.

Defender James Chester has claimed England's strikers are not in the same class as Bale, but England boss Hodgson is not concerned by the pre-match hype.

Speaking at a press conference to preview the Group B clash, Hodgson said: " I think they (Wales) will play like they have been playing for quite a long period of time now with Chris Coleman. They've been playing very successfully that way too.

"We are not anticipating that there will be any vast changes in their style of play or in the personnel that they've been using.

"I don't think we'll be surprised particularly by either their line-up or what they try to do when they've got the ball or when they don't have the ball.

"We might not be able to spring surprises either as they know our players and they know the type of football that we play. The talking, I've got to say, surprises me that people are focusing so much on it."

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