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      Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]

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      Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Jun 11, 2016 04:47:26 pm
      * All dates and times in UK time (BST)

      11th June
      Wales v Slovakia Group B: 5pm BBC1 and S4C
      England v Russia Group B: 8pm ITV

      15th June
      Russia v Slovakia Group B: kick-off 2pm BBC1

      16th June
      England v Wales Group B: kick-off 2pm BBC1 and S4C

      20th June
      Russia v Wales Group B: kick-off 8pm ITV4 and S4C
      Slovakia v England Group B: 8pm ITV

      England: Odds 9-1

      Roy Hodgson's side won all ten of their qualification games and were the first side to book their place in France. Nevertheless, there is still scepticism over England's chances. Perhaps it's past experience - England have promised much before tournaments many times, only to flop on the big stage, the last time being the 2014 World Cup.

      But this Three Lions team is a "reasonably slick outfit", says The Guardian. They are "effervescent" going forward but vulnerable at the back.

      As usual, the manager's reservoir of goodwill is running low. "The FA likes him, the press tolerate him but most supporters are reserving judgment until and unless England show a distinct improvement in France," says the Daily Telegraph.

      Russia: Odds 66-1

      The ghost of Fabio Capello will hover over the clash with England. Russia "veered toward disaster" under the Italian during qualifying, says ESPN, and he was fired as a result. New coach Leonid Slutsky got them to France, but they are still a work in progress.

      "Few hold out much expectation of a long stay at Euro 2016, particularly after a cruel late injury to key playmaker Alan Dzagoev, but there certainly seems scope for a useful build up to their home World Cup in two years’ time," says Eurosport. "A squad that may be entirely composed of domestic-based players certainly know each other’s strengths well."

      Wales: Odds 80-1

      Having qualified for their first tournament since 1958, Wales will be hoping to prove a point, particularly with England in the same group.

      Their hopes rest very much on one man: Gareth Bale, "whose deluge of goals and assists fired them through qualifying", says Eurosport. "His nation will be hoping he can retain that level of inspiration, even if he is bound to be a marked man. Making the second round would be a considerable but wholly possible achievement."

      Slovakia: Odds 150-1

      "Little is expected of Slovakia in only their second international tournament," says ESPN. "But very little was expected in their first - the 2010 World Cup - and they ended up knocking Italy out and progressing to the Round of 16."

      They beat defending champions Spain in qualifying and will hope to spring more surprises in France. Much depends on Marek Hamsik, who, says the Guardian, "makes the national side tick with his tireless running and ability to create and score goals... [although] there is little in the way of attacking threat should he be nullified".

      The key players:
      Bale is the obvious star. He is unlikely to get many chances to perform on a big international stage during his career so will be eager to take this opportunity, particularly with England in the group.

      Hamsik is Slovakia's trump card and he will be just as important to their chances as Bale is to Wales's.

      From an English perspective, Dele Alli has the opportunity to establish himself as a genuine star, while Harry Kane will also hope to make an impact. Wayne Rooney is the biggest name in the squad and the last of the so-called "Golden Generation", but his role in the team is unclear, Euro 2016 could prove to be a tortuous international swansong for the Manchester United star.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #1: Jun 11, 2016 04:48:32 pm
      Skrtel captaining Slovakia.

      Joe Allen playing for Wales.

      Danny Ward given a surprising international debut for Wales in their biggest game for over half a century! (Regular keeper Hennessey woken up with a back spasm).
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #2: Jun 11, 2016 04:58:46 pm
      Stage is set for the Welsh Pirlo.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #3: Jun 11, 2016 05:05:19 pm
      Davies with a quality block there!
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #4: Jun 11, 2016 05:08:17 pm
      Ben Davies take a f**king bow. Unbelievable stop.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #5: Jun 11, 2016 05:08:35 pm
      Give it some gusto with that Welsh anthem didn't they.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #6: Jun 11, 2016 05:09:02 pm
      Ben Davies take a f**king bow. Unbelievable stop.

      Brilliant that.  Way he saw the threat and ran back before the shot was superb.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #7: Jun 11, 2016 05:09:46 pm
      Give it some gusto with that Welsh anthem didn't they.
      They did mate,sung with pride.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #8: Jun 11, 2016 05:11:06 pm
      Pearler of a goal from bale
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #9: Jun 11, 2016 05:12:03 pm
      Great free kick lad.  Put it on target - see what happens!
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #10: Jun 11, 2016 05:12:04 pm
      Bale, 1-0!
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #11: Jun 11, 2016 05:13:29 pm
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #12: Jun 11, 2016 05:17:17 pm
      Brilliantly struck.

      Pirlo started very well. Pinged a few about and linking it all together.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #13: Jun 11, 2016 05:33:44 pm
      Officials being sh*te as usual, Pen and a Red for Martin.  :angry-smiley-034:
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #14: Jun 11, 2016 05:33:45 pm
      Good old Martin Skrtel.

      Officials there two yards away what's the point.

      And more importantly - why are they showing these on the replays in the stadium!
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #15: Jun 11, 2016 05:34:27 pm
      That was pure Skrtel that.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #16: Jun 11, 2016 05:35:03 pm
      I know Skrtel is a Liverpool player but that was garbage defending. The worst thing is he will do that in a Liverpool shirt too. Faster we can get rid the better.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #17: Jun 11, 2016 05:35:36 pm
      Skrtel doing nothing other than prove he is a terrible liability.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #18: Jun 11, 2016 05:36:11 pm
      Kinda glad they showing the replays on the screen, making the crowd loud  :D

      No idea what the goal side official is doing though, Skrtel should have been off...
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #19: Jun 11, 2016 05:37:35 pm
      Good old Martin Skrtel.

      Officials there two yards away what's the point.

      And more importantly - why are they showing these on the replays in the stadium!

      So the Ref can put it in his report, thus no action needed, sorted.  :gt-happyup:
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      Reply #20: Jun 11, 2016 05:39:33 pm
      Kinda glad they showing the replays on the screen, making the crowd loud

      If that's how it's going to go on in the tournament then I reckon, as it progresses, refs will be 'more likely' to give pens.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #21: Jun 11, 2016 05:50:17 pm
      We are playing well, pressing high and keeping possession well enough. I actually find it quite noticeable that Allen, Ramsey and Bale are the better footballers, but it doesn't matter when we're defending and pressing in numbers and playing as a team.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #22: Jun 11, 2016 05:50:27 pm
      I love watching Skrtel without the stress of him being on the side i'm supporting.
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      Reply #23: Jun 11, 2016 05:50:36 pm
      A better half of football from Wales I saw there than any England performance at a major international tournament across the last 12 years.
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      Re: Group B - Euro 2016 [England, Wales, Slovakia, Russia]
      Reply #24: Jun 11, 2016 06:00:13 pm
      To be fair to Skrtel, he's gone for the block to let the ball go out and got his timing all wrong.

      Bale's free kick should be investigated. Keeper moves out of the way to let that go in. Betting scam?  >:D That's what they would say if this was the African Nations. ha! really poor goal keeping!!

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