England have named an unchanged line-up for today's Euro 2016 clash against Wales.
Many fans had called for Harry Kane or Raheem Sterling to be axed following their display in Saturday's draw against Russia, both Roy Hodgson has gone with the same starting XI.
Hodgson’s side are in need of three points after failing to beat Russia in their opening game.
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Eric Dier put the Three Lions ahead with a terrific free-kick but Vasili Berezutski’s stoppage-time header meant England’s depressing run of never winning their first game in a European Championship continued.
Much of the preparation this week has been on limiting Gareth Bale’s threat. The Real Madrid winger announced his arrival at the tournament by scoring a beautiful 25-yard free-kick in the 2-1 win against Slovakia.
Yet, as much as Bale will be a thorn in Hodgson’s side during the 90 minutes, he’s been an even bigger pain in the build up to the grudge match.
The 26-year-old taunted England by insisting they are less passionate than Wales and “big themselves up before they’ve even done anything”.
“For me, it's probably the stand-out game in the group stages, but there is no pressure on us because they believe they can beat us,” Bale told reporters, per Sky Sports.
"I had a chuckle when England came out, I'm not going to lie. It's an amazing game to be involved in and it's like any derby, you never want to lose to the enemy.
"They big themselves up before they've done anything, so we're going to go there and believe we can beat them.
"I think we've got a lot more passion and pride about us than them. We'll definitely show that on the day. I don't know what it is but, if you're Welsh, we feel more pride and passion than anyone else.”
No doubt there will be a competition between fans to see who can see the national anthem louder.
England have something to prove
Chris Coleman’s side is buzzing after winning their first-ever European Championship game.
Ondrej Duda cancelled out Bale’s free-kick midway through the second half but Wales snatched a late winner through substitute Hal Robson-Kanu.
It leaves today’s tie finely poised. England are the more talented of the teams, and performed better in their opening game, yet Wayne Rooney and co. have so much more to prove than Coleman’s spirited Dragons.
Hodgson has been blessed with a talented roster that includes emerging talents such as Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane. As a result, much is expected of the Three Lions, with many tipping them to emulate the team of 1996 that reached the European Championship semi-finals.
Victory for England will see them replace Wales atop Group B. Whether they are able to manage that, however, depends largely on their ability to stop Bale.
GiveMeSport's prediction: England 2-1 Wales