Euro 2016 - Wales, England through to last 16
20 June 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Our lads were in the thick of the action as Wales and England secured qualification for the knockout stages of Euro 2016 in France on Monday night (June 20).
Eric Dier started for England while Dele Alli and Harry Kane came on in the second half as the Three Lions hammered on the door against Slovakia in Saint-Etienne, only for the game to end goalless.
That result opened the door for Wales, trailing England by a point at the start of play, to leapfrog the Three Lions into top spot in Group B – and they duly obliged with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Russia in Toulouse, taking their overall tally to six points from their three matches.
Ben Davies (pictured below) played the full game at the back for Chris Coleman’s side, who will now face the third-placed team from either Group A, C or D on Saturday in Paris.
England finished second in the standings on five points – also putting them into the last 16 – but they could have had more had they managed to find a breakthrough against Slovakia.
From a Spurs perspective, Eric sent a series of well-timed passes into the forward areas and tried some long-range shots which were blocked, while Dele saw an angled effort cleared off the line just seconds after his introduction on the hour mark. Harry, on for Daniel Sturridge on 76 minutes, saw a couple of difficult headers loop off target to compound a frustrating evening for Roy Hodgson’s charges.
England, who also had Danny Rose and Kyle Walker on the bench against Slovakia, now travel to Nice to face the runners-up in Group F – either Hungary, Portugal, Iceland or Austria – next Monday.