Luis Garcia has been impressed with Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen’s performances for Wales at the 2016 European Championship.
Slaven Bilic has yet more praise ringing in his ears after a key member of his backroom staff revealed how he has changed the culture of the club.
Chris Coleman said it was an indescribable feeling to lead Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals but insisted his players would be keeping their feet on the ground after an emphatic 3-1 defeat of Belgium in Lille.
As the clock ran down in those febrile, oddly still moments after Sam Vokes’s goal had confirmed what everyone in the Stade Pierre Mauroy already knew, the Welsh end lolled and bounced around like a huge, seething red-shirted basket of kittens.
Are Belgium ever going to be genuine contenders or are they just a waste of good footballers? This was Wales’s night, and make no mistake they deserved a place in the last four, but Belgium’s inability to show any sort of consistency must be beyond infuriating for their management and supporters.
Wales could hear the call of history. They reached the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup but had never been in the semi-finals of a major tournament and the challenge was to surpass those sepia-tinted images. How they answered it on a night that will surely go down as their finest on a football field.
Antonio Conte has warned his Italy players they will be confronted by “the most complete side in the world” when they try to stop Germany’s extraordinary record of having never been involved in a major tournament since Euro 2004 without reaching at least the semi-finals.
Neymar has signed a new five-year contract with Barcelona, the Spanish champions have announced.