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

Wales’ unsung hero Joe Allen earns high praise from team-mates at Euro 2016

Some 48 hours after ‘Joe Allen Appreciation Day’ was trending on Twitter, the Wales players decided to hold one of their own as Gareth Bale and Neil Taylor took it in turns to celebrate the influence of a midfielder who is compared to everyone from Pirlo to Xavi but just wants to be himself. “He’s Joe Allen,” Bale said, when asked if the Liverpool player reminded him of anyone. “And he’s been amazing in this tournament for us.”