Gareth Bale has angered Roy Hodgson and the England squad with comments about the team ahead the the Group B clash on Thursday night.
The Real Madrid star spoke after Wales beat Slovakia 2-1, he said England:
“big themselves up before doing anything”
Roy Hodgson responded by saying:
“The fact is that receiving disrespectful comments is part and parcel of being a footballer and a football coach.
“I’m pretty sure there will be lots of players going forward in opposing teams who have opinions about us, but we know who were are; we know what we are.
“We don’t have any doubts about ourselves in that respect and that’s the most important thing. It’s a tight dressing room. It’s a passionate dressing room.”
Wayne Rooney also jumped to the defence of his country:
“That’s what he feels, so I’m sure all us English players will feel different but he’s obviously a proud Welshman, which he should be.
“It’s where he’s from and we’re from England and we’re very proud Englishmen.”