Chris Coleman is relishing what he expects to be a domestic style “100mph dust up” when Wales play England on Thursday.
Roy Hodgson has insisted his England players would feel “ashamed” if they allowed themselves to be distracted by Wales’ provocative rhetoric before the teams’ eagerly anticipated meeting at Stade Bollaert-Delelis and has dismissed the talk as cheap.
Didier Deschamps rang the changes for France and admitted afterwards that Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann were unhappy about being dropped to the substitutes’ bench for their team’s victory over Albania.
As the Russian saying goes, another town another temper.
Switzerland had shouldered a great weight of history, and the parallels had been clear. One of the nation’s greatest results had come against Romania, in the second group tie at the 1994 World Cup, when a thumping 4-1 victory got them through to the last 16. A guy called Roy Hodgson was their manager at the time.
Michael O’Neill has told Northern Ireland to improve “the ugly part” of their game on Thursday yet taken exception to Ukraine’s Ruslan Rotan describing his team as reliant on physicality, high balls and scrambles.
Manchester United and Tottenham fans were each split over Breel Embolo's performance for Switzerland.
The Euro 2016 hosts left it late against a plucky Albania side, but Antoine Griezmann and West Ham superstar Dimitri Payet secured a 2-0 win at the death.
The Arsenal midfielder was in impressive form as Switzerland drew with Romania.
The 23-year-old got stuck in for Switzerland at Euro 2016 again - and Arsenal fans will have loved it.