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Euro 2016 - questions from a legend

Posted on 6 July 2016  - 16:30

Ben Davies has to sit it out as Wales face the biggest match in their history tonight. Ahead of the Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal, legendary double-winner Cliff Jones, who played in his country's previous biggest night in 1958, sent a few questions to Ben...


As Cliff, a star of Wales' run to the quarter-finals of the World Cup almost 60 years ago, has said, the current squad, including Ben, are now writing their own history.

So who better than Cliff to ask the full-back a few questions?

Over to the man who won the title, the FA Cup three times, the European Cup Winners' Cup and scored 159 goals in 378 appearances for us between 1958-68, as well as 59 caps for Wales.

Cliff: What is the spirit like in the Welsh camp?
Ben: "The spirit is up there with the best I've seen. Everyone gets along with everyone and we've had some fun along the way!"

Cliff: What were your feelings walking out onto the pitch against tournament second-favourites Belgium?
Ben: "In the tunnel we knew that we had prepared as well as could and we were ready for the challenge ahead. Obviously a few nerves, but more concentration on the task ahead."

Below: Ben looks around the Stade de Lyon with goal hero Sam Vokes


Cliff: What are your feelings on missing the semi-final? Never mind Ben, you'll be back for the final!
"I didn’t dwell on it too much to be honest. My full focus was on trying to win the game and getting through to the next round. Afterwards, there was a thought in my mind that I’d miss the next game but getting the team to the semi-final made up for it."

Cliff: Are you aware that your goal-saving block against Slovakia will go down in Welsh sporting history and that your achievements with this team means you will all go down in Welsh sporting folklore?
"It doesn't quite feel that way yet, it feels like we're just doing our jobs! But I've heard the whole country is bouncing at the moment, so I'm sure it will sink in when we're back!"

Cliff: Have you had any good luck messages from Spurs supporters?
"Yes, a lot of the Spurs fans have been sending some great messages. That always means a lot, knowing that your club is proud of what you are doing."