With Euro 2016 set to kick off this evening football fans across the continent are buzzing in anticipation, particularly across the border in Wales, where they are pulling out all the stops.
Catapulted into their first major tournament in 50 years thanks to Chris Coleman, Gareth Bale and a group of extremely hardworking players, the Welsh dragons will fight it out with England for a place in the knockout stages in the coming weeks; a prospect that has whipped their country into a frenzy.
Whilst English hearts are beating a little faster than usual this afternoon, BBC Wales ensured that those who chose to tune in on Wednesday night were treated to a musical celebration of the current squad, featuring a special vocal dedication to Crystal Palace’s very own Joe Ledley.
The central midfielder and his now famous beard played a huge part in the Welsh qualifying campaign for this summer’s tournament, meaning that the news of his broken leg just a matter of weeks ago came as a huge blow to everyone in the Welsh camp.
Luckily for them and Joe himself, the injury has healed in remarkable time, seeing him passed fit to take part in their opening game against Slovakia, should Chris Coleman decide to pick him in the heart of his midfield. Understandably, people are extremely happy to hear that Ledley is fighting fit, as you can see from the video attached above.
As musical tributes go, there’s something quite special about having a Chaka Khan classic twisted to celebrate you as a player, with Dionne Bennett and the National Chorus of Wales doing a fantastic job of adapting the song to incorporate the name of everyone’s favourite bearded central midfielder.
I defy you to watch the video attached via the link at the top of the page without smiling. I tried it and failed miserably.