TEAMtalk blog: England 2-1 Wales FT – as it happened

Date published: Thursday 16th June 2016 1:10

Follow TEAMtalk’s live blog of England v Wales in Lens, in the Euro 2016 Group B clash.

That’s all we’ve got time for here. Thank you for following TEAMtalk’s live blog, and we hope to see you again on Monday, where England will need just a draw against Slovakia to qualify for the knockout stages. Wales, meanwhile, need a win to guarantee it…

And finally, a word from the victorious boss Roy Hodgson.

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“It is amazing. We played so well against Russia and conceded in the 93rd minute and today we worked so hard in the second half and pushed and pushed and then scored in the 92nd minute, I suppose it shows things do even out but it is rare to see them even out in the space of two games.

“If I had been watching from afar and not been with England and watching Wales play some other opponent I would have felt very sorry for them but they will have to excuse me not feeling sorry for them because I want to be pleased with ourselves.”

Wales boss Chris Coleman rues a dropped point.

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“A point for us would have fantastic. They are a very good team, very strong. Congrats to Roy, he made some good substitutions and we knew they would push us back. Most of the time we looked quite strong and although they had a lot of possession I wasn’t that worried.

“The guys showed great heart. They stuck into the game and with 60 seconds remaining, to give up that point we worked so hard for, we are gutted but we have to move on. We are here to get through to the last 16. If you are from Wales, you always looked at this game because it is England but for me it is the middle game of three. We move on and have to show a reaction against Russia.

“When you are bringing on the likes of Vardy and Sturridge and Sterling and Kane are going off, they are top players. We knew that it would be tough, it was a good old fashioned derby. They had been on such a good run coming into this tournament, we knew they would be disappointed after a point against Russia and they would come on strong. It wasn’t to be in the end.”

Wales captain Ashley Williams admits it is disappointing to lose so late.

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“It is tough for everybody obviously but we have another game on Monday and it is a quick turnaround so we won’t get down about it. It hurts obviously, we were close to getting a point but we didn’t but we will get over it.

“You haven’t done enough until the final whistle blows. We’ve seen late goals in this tournament, it wasn’t that we switched off, it was just one of those things.

“It will be fine. A few of us have spoken, the manager has spoken, we will regroup and get over it. At the end of the day we have three points from two games and we will focus on the next game and getting out of the group.”

Gary Neville certainly enjoyed that one…

England striker Jamie Vardy, who bagged the equaliser just after the hour mark, spoke to the BBC.

Jamie Vardy celebrates England v Wales

“Everyone wants to be a part of the starting line up but it is a team game, we are all in this together and when you come off the bench you want to make an impact and luckily I did today.

“We thought we were playing well. The message was simple – to carry on doing what we were doing and hopefully the goals would come and they did.

“We just want to take each game as it comes, we got the win today and hopefully we can win the next game.”

Amazing celebrations. An unforgettable day…

Gareth Bale, who had so much to say prior to the game, has had his say after the match.

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“Obviously it is massively disappointing but I am very proud of everybody. We gave everything like we always do and I have said before if we go out but have given 100% then we can’t do any more.

“We are disappointed at the moment but we are strong inside and the tournament is not over yet. We will go into the next game with even more strength.

“We keep fighting all the way. We will keep fighting to qualify.”

FT: Just as a side note, this is interesting…

FT: It’s cruel on Wales, who were organised throughout, but England fans will never forget that.

FT: Ohhhhh Robbie Savage…

FULL TIME: ENGLAND 2-1 WALES (Vardy 56′, Sturridge 90+2′; Bale 42′)

90+3′: Sturridge ceases the loose ball inside the box and pokes home from the corner of the six yard box, beating Hennessey at his near post!


89′: Walker fizzes one towards goal. Well blocked, another corner, which Cahill heads over.

87′: You can see what this means to Wales.

86′: Wales playing deep, as expected, and Rooney clips a cross too deep. Running out of time here…

83′: England win a corner as Walker (again) has a cross blocked.

80′: Jonny Williams goes on an endeavoring run, eventually curling a shot comfortably over from 25 yards.

77′: Danny Rose has had a sloppy couple of minutes; first whipping a cross way over Vardy, then misplacing a pass in midfield.

74′: Heart-in-the-mouth moment for England as Williams goes down inside the box under Smalling’s pressure.

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73′: Third and final sub for England as 18-year-old Marcus Rashford becomes England’s youngest ever player at the Euros, beating captain Wayne Rooney by four days!

72′: Jonathan Williams enters in place of Robson-Kanu, who didn’t manage a shot all game.

71′: Marcus Rashford is coming on for England!

67′: Ledley makes his way off for David Edwards.

66′: Sturridge fires off target. Adjusting his sights slightly. Third time lucky?

65′: Ledley is on the deck. You do fear for him, having recovered from that leg fracture so quickly.

62′: Panic stations for Wales as the ball bobbles inside the box two inside a minute! The latter was the better chance; Rose’s cross falls to Sturridge who fluffs his lines.

61′: Ben Davies gets a yellow card for a late clip on Lallana.

60′: First Hennessey punches clear from a Walker cross, now Lallana has a shot blocked for a corner. Was it handball? Again, seen them given…

57′: It looked like clear offside as the ball fell to Vardy inside the six yard box, but the ball was headed to him by Ashley Williams and the Premier League’s top scorer smashed home.


55′: Rooney opens his body up and curls one towards Hennessey’s bottom left corner. The ‘keeper palms away for a corner.

54′: Are England already running out of ideas? Something needed here, as Robson-Kanu has a shot comfortably saved.

51′: The omens are not good here for Hodgson’s men…

49′: Corner England! Cleared.

47′: The English national anthem blasted out by the England supporters.

46′: Second half underway!

HT: Roy Hodgson has some decisions to make. You would feel he has to bring on Jamie Vardy or Daniel Sturridge to force the game.

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HT: A familiar story for England. All of the ball but nothing to show for it, while their opponents put away the chance they had. And it had to be that man Gareth Bale.


45′: Oh dear Man City.

43′: That was a ridiculous strike for serious range. The audacity is admirable, but Joe Hart maybe could have done better as he palms it into the bottom right corner.


41′: Rooney gives away a free-kick for bundling over Robson-Kanu about 35 yards out.

36′: CLOSE! Smalling heads about a yard wide of the far post from the corner. If Kane had got a flick on the way it would be 1-0.

35′: Alli has a cross from near the byline blacked behind for a corner. England building the pressure here…

32′: PENALTY APPEAL. Harry Kane’s header appears to hit the arm of Davies. Would have been harsh but I’ve seen them given. Shockingly, Robbie Savage thinks no penalty.

30′: Kane wins a free-kick. Similar position to the last one, which might not have landed yet.

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27′: Kyle Walker tests Taylor on England’s right, and wins a corner!

26′: So close! Cahill has the ball put right on his forehead but Hennessey watches well to catch the close range glance.

25′: Lovely one-two between Kane and Rose – Spurs teammates – and Ledley scythes the latter down.

22′: England add another three points as Kane blasts over from the free-kick! We’ll let you know when the ball comes down…

22′: Wayne Rooney chopped down by Ledley. Maybe a bit far for ‘Dier Territory’…

18′: Corner ball after Sterling’s cross is headed behind nervously. He’ll still be ruing the earlier miss…

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17′: Excellent work by Eric Dier to get in the way of Aaron Ramsey who was heading towards the danger area. The Spurs man wins the free-kick.

13′: Wayne Rooney tries a speculative effort from 30 yards. It ends up in the lower atmosphere. Drop goal, 3-0 England! Wait…wrong spot.

10′: Robson-Kanu takes Smalling to the cleaners by winning the ball back by the byline, eventually finding Bale who sees his shot blocked for a corner…

7′: SO CLOSE! Adam Lallana receives a through ball from Harry Kane, he squares for Sterling who miscues over from seven yards.

5′: Wales corner, England line up zonally it appears. Ball ends up in the arms of Joe Hart after a weak deflected header from the second ball.

4′: Aaron Ramsay not happy with that nudge out of play from Delle Alli. The North London derby moves international…

3′: Corner for England…AND ROONEY IS TAKING!

during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France.

2′: Wales sitting deep already, allowing the England defence to pass amongst each other.

1′: Harry Kane sets off on the front foot, almost finding himself through on goal after charging down the Wales kick-off.


The national anthems belted out by the respective sides and we are almost ready for action in Lens! COME ON FOOTBALL!

One man team? Pffft…

Jack Wilshere’s missus looking good in the afternoon light. Sadly, she might have a hard time seeing her other half over on the bench.

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No pressure England. But in all seriousness, a draw might just be alright for Wales.

England fans always know how to have fun in the rain…

#TogetherStronger. Wales right behind their team, as this shows.

Is that Roy Hodgson or Sean Connery? What a guy.

Dean Saunders reckons Wales will be most scared of Kyle Walker. Interesting…

Joey Barton has a point here. Aside from his spelling…which is characteristically awful.

I think we will all be shocked/infuriated if Kane stays on corners. Surely he must whip them in like Beckham in training?

BREAKING MASCOT NEWS FROM THE BBC: Captain Wayne Rooney is custodian today, it seems. He’s just walked into the dressing room with Leo the Lion strapped securely to his back.

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God save Preston, the Queen. A more prominent message there never was. We are all hoping that the football actually makes the headlines this time…

Three changes for Wales as Wayne Hennessey, Joe Ledley and Hal Robson-Kanu start for Chris Coleman’s men.

Decent little video this from Wales to be fair. One-nil to the Dragons, they take the lead thanks to a belting graphic.

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Team news! Let’s start with the boys in white. Raheem Sterling starts again in an unchanged line-up from the 1-1 draw against Russia.

Hello and welcome to TEAMtalk’s live blog of England vs Wales in this Euro 2016 Group B match!

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