Wales don’t care what you have to say about their team photos.
It’s become a running joke for Chris Coleman’s players to line-up in unconventional manner, sometimes with just three players in the back row and the remaining eight crouching down in front.
Before last month’s game against Georgia, Ashley Williams, Sam Vokes and Wayne Hennessey were the only players standing. It made for quite a hilarious picture.
And they’re not done, apparently. “You can go further than that, so let’s wait and see,” Joe Ledley said before tonight’s game against Serbia, via The Guardian.
It’s clearly working for the Dragons. After reaching the semi-final at the European Championship, Gareth Bale and co. have made an impressive start in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
Wales picked up five points from their opening three matches and are currently leading Serbia by a goal to nil.
It must be the team photos. Prior to tonight’s game at Cardiff City Stadium, they went with a 4-7 formation, Williams, Hennessey, and lining up at the back.
They did it against Georgia
Bale (who else?) gave Wales the lead, scoring with a crisp strike.
Bale is still one of the boys
The Real Madrid star is far and away Coleman’s most important player. He’s played a role in 15 goals in his last 14 Wales appearances at home, according to Opta, with 11 goals and four assists.
Bale recently signed a new contract with Los Blancos that will see him earn a reported £150 million over the next six years, but, despite reaching superstar status, he remains “one of the boys”, according to Ledley.
“People can change in football and go different ways but he has just stayed on that straight and narrow line and remained the same person," Ledley said, via The Guardian.
“He’s just one of the boys – we don’t care who he is, we will still hammer him and he will hammer us. That’s the banter we have here. If you ask him, he loves meeting up with Wales and that is the togetherness we have in this squad.
“It doesn’t matter who anybody is. We are all together as a team and you can’t treat anybody different to anybody else. We are all equal.”