Euro 2016 Day 11: England look to progress with win over Slovakia, Wales take on Russia

Wales look to seal their progress through to the last 16 when they face Russia, while England will be looking to seal top spot in their group when they face a tough Slovakia test.

Russia v Wales
2000 ~ Stadium Municipal, Toulouse

Russia have yet to pick up a victory as they aim to stay in the competition and head coach Leonid Slutsky believes he knows how toady’s opponents will play and hopes his experienced side can deliver against Wales.

Gareth Bale has scored two free kicks for Wales at Euro 2016 image: skysports.com

Gareth Bale has scored two free kicks for Wales at Euro 2016
image: skysports.com

“I think Wales will look to play on the counterattack,” said the 45-year-old.

“You can have massive amounts of experience playing these sorts of matches and situations but it does not give you what you need and will not help you know how to adapt to the situation.”

Anything but a loss against Russia will be enough for Wales to reach the last 16 and manager Chris Coleman believes his players are raring to go despite defeat to England and reach the next round.

“People expect us to be on a downer, but we’re not,” said the former Fulham boss.

This team has the potential to go on and on. We can learn from this tournament; it’s intense but it’s enjoyable. We’re in a fantastic position and we have to enjoy it. This team is very much in the middle of a journey. It’s not easy, but it’s fantastic and it’s a huge learning curve.”

Team News

Russia boss Slutsky may make wholesale changes after defeat to Slovakia on Tuesday with Oleg Shatov is a major doubt for Russia as the Zenit St Petersburg man struggles with a groin problem.

Joe Ledley is fit to start or Wales despite going off in the defeat by England with a tight calf a manager Coleman could pick the same starting XI as they aim to reach the knockout stages.

Slovakia v England
2000 ~ Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne

Slovakia will be aiming to stun England and possibly cost them top place in group B and manager Jan Kozak feels his team are ready for the Three Lions and believes they can pull off another shock.

Daniel Sturridge scored a late winner against Wales image: theguardian.com

Daniel Sturridge scored a late winner against Wales
image: theguardian.com

“England will be a different proposition from Russia,” said the 62-year-old.

“We have tried to prepare as well as we possibly can and we’re looking forward to it. As for England’s attack, we might say one thing, then something entirely different could happen on the day. We need to show respect to our opponent, but we also carry a threat ourselves.”

England have at least assured themselves third spot in the group with four points that should be enough to reach the last 16 and gaffer Roy Hodgson could spring a few changes against Slovakia.

“There are players who would like to play and have been knocking on the door,” said the former Liverpool boss.

“Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge did very well when they came on and would like another chance. We have options in those front positions. It’s a decision that has to be made.”

 

Team News

Slovakia are expected to name an unchanged line-up from the side that beat Russia 2-1 but six players, including Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, are one yellow away from suspension.

England gaffer Hodgson could rest a number of players including Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane as goalscorers against Wales Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy expected to start.

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