Wales fans stop singing national anthem after Daniel Sturridge scores

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For England fans, this will probably be the funniest video you’ll see all week.

Supporters of Wales, on the other hand, are best advised to look away now.

A group of Welsh fans were watching Thursday’s Euro 2016 group-stage match in the pub and were being filmed singing their national anthem loudly and proudly when, in the dying seconds of the game, Daniel Sturridge silenced them by scoring the winning goal for England. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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The same group of supporters would have been over the moon at the end of the first half.

Wales went into the break with a one-goal lead thanks to Gareth Bale’s 35-yard free-kick; however, England equalised on the 56th minute thanks to a close-range strike by half-time substitute Jamie Vardy.

And just as the game appeared to be heading for a draw, up stepped Sturridge - another half-time sub - to secure a huge three points for Roy Hodgson’s side.

This sparked jubilant scenes from the England players, coaching staff and supporters. Wales, meanwhile, were despondent at the full-time whistle.

Video: Sturridge stops Wales fans singing anthem

Fortunately, though, Wales still stand a good chance of qualifying for the last 16 thanks to their victory over Slovakia during the opening round of fixtures.

Chris Coleman gutted after defeat

Describing Sturridge’s goal as “gut-wrenching for the players and our supporters”, Wales boss Chris Coleman was quoted as saying in his post-match press conference by the Guardian: “When you come that close, and then lose it in the dying seconds … Look, we’re gutted. Absolutely devastated. But, at times like this, you have to show a bit of mettle, a bit of steel, and bounce back.”

Roy Hodgson was jubilant...

Hodgson, though, was obviously in a much better mood in his post-match press conference.

"It's a long time since myself and the coaching staff have showed such joy," Hodgson told BBC Radio 5 live. "When the chances don't go in and you've compounded your task by conceding that Gareth Bale goal, it really is a happy moment when both the substitutes score.

"I thought it was on the cards all the way through the second half."

The England boss added added: "I have great empathy with Chris [Coleman] and the Welsh team because he must have been looking at a good draw. He will be today as I was on Saturday night."

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