Friday 13 December 2019

Wales' Chris Coleman pokes fun at England’s apparent leaked team-sheet with own big reveal

Chris Coleman jokingly revealed his own Wales line-up for their Euro 2016 opener CREDIT: REUTERS
Chris Coleman jokingly revealed his own Wales line-up for their Euro 2016 opener CREDIT: REUTERS

Jeremy Wilson

Wales manager Chris Coleman poked fun this morning at England’s apparent leaked team-sheet when he brandished a line-up of his own during an open training session in Dinard.

However, rather than the names Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey or Joe Allen, Coleman’s team-sheet revealed a 4-4-2 formation of Cafu, Moore, Beckenbauer, Carlos, Zico, Charlton, Socrates, Best, Pele and Mardona.

Coleman was grinning as he talked with assistant Osian Roberts and held up his note-book in the direction of the cameras but his joke was clearly also directed at Ray Lewington, his former Fulham colleague.

Lewington is now the England assistant manager and was photographed walking through Chantilly on Tuesday with notes to suggest that England would start with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney in a Christmas tree formation.

England and Wales will play each other in their second match in Group B in Lens on June 16.

Meanwhile, Coleman said that midfielder Joe Allen is the most likely member of a trio of Wales players nursing injuries to be handed a start in their opener against Slovakia.

Allen, who injured a knee during Wales' pre-tournament training camp in Portugal, missed his country's final warm-up game against Sweden at the weekend, along with Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley and Reading forward Hal Robson-Kanu.

Ledley was included in Coleman's squad despite fracturing his leg on May 7 and Robson-Kanu has an Achilles problem.

Coleman said it would be "reckless" to start with three players who were not fully fit, but indicated that he was open to bringing them on from the bench.

"I'm not giving anything away to say we can't start with all three. It would be reckless really," he said.

"Joe Ledley did the injury at the end of the season and we were all thinking the same thing - a broken leg is a broken leg. But he has done so well to get back to where he is.

"I think it is fair to say you can't really see Joe playing 90 minutes. But can he play a part? Yes.

"He could play a part, both Joes and Hal, unless there is a real bad reaction between now and the weekend."

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