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Wales take heart from Wrexham ‘80 in confusing rivalry with England

Wales v Slovakia - EURO 2016 - Group B

“Look what these bastards have done to Wales. They’ve taken our coal, our water, our steel. They buy our homes and live in them for a fortnight every year. What have they given us? Absolutely nothing. We’ve been exploited, raped, controlled and punished by the English – and that’s who you are playing this afternoon. The English.”

Forward-thinking Roy Hodgson may need to change England front line

England head coach Roy Hodgson with assistant coach Ray Lewington and coach Gary Neville before the match

In the midst of a scarring, salty day in Marseille it was a relief to get stuck into the questions that were purely about football. Watching England emerge into the vast atmospheric waves of the Vélodrome it was pertinent to wonder if Roy Hodgson had pitched his gambled selection right. Too attacking? Too carefree with the throw of the dice to suddenly pick the captain in unfamiliar midfield?