Wales boss Coleman pokes fun at England after team-sheet gaffe

Wales manager Chris Coleman during the Press Conference

Ray Lewington's error has been met with a hilarious response from Wales boss Chris Coleman.

Wales coach Chris Coleman with a teamsheet during trainingWales coach Chris Coleman was in a jovial mood at training today

Wales manager Chris Coleman appeared to troll the England coaching setup, as he purposely gave reporters a glimpse of his 'all-star' team-sheet, as reported by The Daily Mail.

The Sun reported yesterday how the Three Lions assistant coach Ray Lewington made the schoolboy error of revealing Roy Hodgson's supposed team selection for their opening game against Russia on June 11.

The shots of Lewington's clipboard depicted Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy starting together in a 4-4-2 formation, and now Coleman has poked fun at the gaffe.

Wales coach Chris Coleman with a teamsheet during training Coleman exposes team-sheet bearing names of former world-class stars

Pictures were taken today at the Welsh training camp, where Coleman clearly exposed his supposed team-sheet, and can be seen here at The Mail Online.

However, upon closer inspection, the line-up is an obvious jibe towards Group B rivals England, and could be seen as the first psychological blow ahead of their encounter next Thursday.

The faux team-sheet included the following names: Banks, Cafu, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Moore, Best, Socrates, Charlton, Zico, Pele and Maradona.

That is quite an incredible line-up and one that will surely be met with a chuckle from the England camp.

England manager Roy Hodgson talks to assistant manager Ray lewington during training Ray Lewington has come in for criticism following his 'accidental' leak of England's suspected starting XI

In all of the furore surrounding Lewington's slip-up, nobody seems to have brought up the fact that the exposure of the team-sheet was almost too obvious. The piece of paper containing the supposed starting 11 being displayed so blatantly seems a little strange, and at best careless, considering the levels of secrecy that seems to be involved in major tournament camps.

Was this a deliberate ploy from Roy Hodgson's men to lull the opposition into a false sense of security? Was it simply a ruse in order to con their opponents into planning to face a team that will be completely different come Saturday night?

It is certainly worth thinking about.

Wales coach Chris Coleman during the press conferenceWales coach Chris Coleman during a press conference yesterday

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