In the Wales Euro 2016 preview, we look ahead to the squad and schedule of games, as well as the TV schedule, and a prediction of how far Wales will advance in the European Championships.
Wales Euro 2016 preview
Manager: Chris Coleman
Captain: Ashley Williams
Wales Euro 2016 preview: Fixtures:
Saturday, June 11
Thursday, June 16
Monday, June 20
Wales Euro 2016 preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers : Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Liverpool), Owain Fon Williams (Inverness).
Defenders: Ben Davies (Tottenham), Neil Taylor (Swansea), Chris Gunter (Reading), Ashley Williams (Swansea), James Chester (West Brom), Ashley Richards (Fulham), James Collins (West Ham).
Midfielders: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace), David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Joe Allen (Liverpool), David Cotterill (Birmingham), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace), George Williams (Fulham), Andy King (Leicester), Dave Edwards (Wolves).
Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Sam Vokes (Burnley), Simon Church (Nottingham Forest).
*Will join squad after Champions League final.
Wales Euro 2016 preview: Overview:
Not since 1958 have we seen Wales take part in a major tournament, although there aren’t many who are branding this side with the minnows tag that kind of prolonged absence might usually warrant.
That’s because Coleman’s men have been on the up for a while now. They qualified for the finals with ease in the end from a group containing Belgium, Israel and a dangerous Bosnia-Herzegovina team. And while the progression was greeted with widespread celebration, for those following Wales’ progression it was no great surprise.
They’ve become a very strong outfit under the manager’s guidance. Of course, they’re geared up to get the best out of inspirational forward Gareth Bale, but there’s quality all over the pitch. Ashley Williams is dominant at the back, Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey offer a brilliant blend in midfield and up top, Hal Robson-Kanu does an understatedly sound job making space for others.
Defensively they are very strong, with just four goals conceded in 10 qualification matches and one defeat, away in Bosnia. In addition, they are a tactically flexible outfit, using 5-3-2, 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 systems at various points in qualifying. That allows the players to nullify opponents’ weaknesses effectively, something that’ll be vital at the finals.