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Ledley on Euro 2016 - England's hopes

Posted on 20 June 2016  - 15:58

Ledley King will be an interested spectator when England take on Slovakia at Euro 2016 tonight (Monday, June 20).

Ledley King on duty for England against France at Euro 2004Kyle, Eric, Dele, Danny and Harry in England's line-up against Wales last week

Our legendary former captain was capped 21 times by England between 2002 and 2010 and played at the European Championship finals in 2004.

Having seen the current Three Lions squad – which includes five of our players – pick up four points out of a possible six from their opening two games in France this time around, our long-serving former centre-back is intrigued to see how tonight’s game plays out in Saint-Etienne as Roy Hodgson’s men look to secure top spot in Group B.

“I always expected England to qualify out of the group and the team is in pole position now,” said Ledley, who watched Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker all play their part in last week’s 1-1 draw with Russia and subsequent late 2-1 win against Wales.

“It’s not easy though – there are no easy games at international level. I’m still hopeful the team will win the final game and finish top of the group.

“More than anything, scoring that late goal and winning against Wales will bring great confidence.

“In tournaments, you need to use the squad, you need options and that’s where England are particularly strong with players who can make an impact off the bench.

“Anything can happen in a tournament and I haven’t seen any team that has stood out. There have been lots of late goals and until those goals, the games could have gone either way.”

Kick-off tonight is at 8pm. Ben Davies and Wales meet Russia at the same time in Toulouse.