The Real Madrid star believes a repeat of his side’s performance against Slovakia will stand them in good stead for the huge contest against Roy Hodgson’s men on Thursday

Gareth Bale says he expects a “feisty” fixture against England on Thursday after Wales’ 2-1 win over Slovakia in Group B.

The Real Madrid attacker scored the opener on Saturday as Wales recorded a victory in their first major tournament fixture in 58 years, with Hal Robson-Kanu netting the winner 10 minutes from the end.

And as the Welsh turn their attentions to the battle with their British rivals in Lens, Bale admits he expects a memorable atmosphere.

“We understand it’s going to be a derby, it’s going to be feisty, but we’re going to prepare well now. We’ll concentrate on ourselves, on nobody else,” he told reporters on Saturday.

“For us we are just going to concentrate on the next game, we want to win the game and we want to play well and do everything we did today. We’ll be preparing now over the next four days, and regardless of who it’s against we’ll just try to win it.”


Group B

Teams P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Wales Wales 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
2 England England 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
3 Russia Russia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
4 Slovakia Slovakia 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0