England/Wales XI: Three Dragons make Savage’s team

Date published: Wednesday 15th June 2016 9:39

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Robbie Savage reckons England will change their tactics when they face Wales to counter the threat of Aaron Ramsey and the wing-backs.

England face Wales in their second game of Euro 2016 in Lens on Thursday looking to bounce back from conceding a stoppage-time equaliser to Russia on Saturday.

Wales top Group B after their opening win over Slovakia – and Savage believes they can cause problems for Roy Hodgson’s men.

He told Planet Football, the latest brand in our network: “In the first game against Slovakia, Chris Coleman made very good tactical substitutions at the right times. His substitutions won us the game with Joe Ledley coming on and playing that pass to Aaron Ramsey, who then fortuitously got the ball to Hal Robson-Kanu, who scuffed the ball into the back of the net.

“Ramsey, (Gareth) Bale and (Ashley) Williams are obviously the three main players, but add to that Joe Allen, who had a fantastic game against Slovakia. There’s also the athleticism of the wing-backs, Chris Gunter and Neil Taylor, and I also thought Johnny Williams did well.

“I think Robson-Kanu will probably go back into the team against England, though, so he (Coleman) will probably leave Johnny Williams out, even though he played well. I just think Robson-Kanu with his physicality and pace will unsettle England.”

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A win for Wales would guarantee a place in the round of 16, and with a game still to come against Russia, Savage believes all the pressure is on England.

“It’s a game where Wales have got nothing to lose,” he said, “there’s no pressure on them whatsoever. A draw and a win against Russia sees us win the group, which is incredible really.

“I think England might actually change their tactics to suit Wales. I think they might play two deeper midfielders just to nullify the threat of Ramsey popping into the No.10 position and also because of the width created by the full-backs.

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“The three centre-halves for Wales are very strong too; I thought Ben Davies, James Chester and Williams all played well (against Slovakia). Davies’ interception in the first few minutes which saved Marek Hamsik from scoring set us on the way.

“Without the ball they all know what they’re doing, the substitutes all know what they’re doing when they come on, there’s a togetherness, and I think they’ve got a chance.”

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