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Wales won’t sit back, says Joe Allen

England's Raheem Sterling in action with Wales' Joe Allen

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen says Wales will attack from the off

England's Raheem Sterling in action with Wales' Joe AllenEngland's Raheem Sterling in action with Wales' Joe Allen

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has said Wales won’t sit back against the Russians on Monday night, he told a press conference as quoted by Marca.

The former Swansea City maestro has been a key performer in the heart of a Welsh midfield that is often overshadowed by the aura surrounding star man Gareth Bale.

But his consistent performances in Wales’ two group games so far have been integral to their early success; defeating Slovakia 2-1 in their opening fixture, before losing a point at the death against England courtesy of a late goal from club teammate Daniel Sturridge.

Wales' Joe Ledley, Hal Robson Kanu and Joe Allen before the gameWales' Joe Ledley, Hal Robson Kanu and Joe Allen 

And with qualification very much in their own hands, Allen believes that is essential that Wales come out and attack the Russians, who still harbour hopes of making it out of the group stages themselves despite only a point from their opening two fixtures.

“"It will be an intriguing game," he said. "We won't wait for them to come at us, we want to take the initiative.

"That has been our mentality over the last couple of days."

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesWales will take the game to Russia on Monday

Wales are desperately hoping to avoid a repeat of their defeat in 2003 to Russia, who denied them a spot at Euro 2004, and Allen is keen to avoid any repetition.

“"I was in the crowd [in 2003]"," he said.

"A win now would be huge, when we started the qualifying campaign our goal was to get here, but it wasn't a case of this being a one off occasion.

Wales manager Chris Coleman during the Press ConferenceChris Coleman's Wales are close to qualifying from the group stages of Euro 2016

"Now we want to make sure we give everything to make our country proud."

Wales are currently second in Group B with three points, a point behind group leaders England, who take on Slovakia tomorrow, with all three of those sides close to automatic progression.

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