Wayne Hennessey is looking likely to return to the Wales starting XI for today’s game against England and has already set about winding up the opposition strikers in preparation.
We’ve all seen what Jamie Vardy did for Leicester City on countless occasions when running into the penalty area last season, but in coming out and publicly stating his displeasure at the striker’s style of play, the Palace stopper has potentially opened up a gigantic can of worms.
Of course, from a Welsh perspective there is very little to lose by their goalkeeper making such a statement in a press conference, with the only byproduct from their point of view seeing a possible seed of doubt being planted firmly in the mind of the referee on the day, but in a game that needs no further hype, Wayne’s words will have only focused the minds of his opponents further on the job at hand.
If the papers are to be believed, Roy Hodgson will stick with the same starting XI that began the game against Russia, (including the infuriating decision to put Harry Kane on corners) meaning that Vardy will be forced to wait for a chance to impress from the bench, but as and when he does, you can be sure that he’ll be gunning for the towering Wales keeper with an extra spring in his step.
Following Slovakia’s victory over Russia yesterday, England sit third in Group B, behind the aforementioned Slovakians and today’s opponents Wales. Should we win, it would guarantee our safe passage through to the knockout stages of the tournament whilst also placing us on top of the group with one game left to play; lose and Hennessey and co. will be lauding themselves over the expert tone of their mind games in the build-up to the clash in question.
The stakes are undeniably high leading up to 2pm this afternoon.