Chris Coleman wants Wales to win ugly as Euro 2016 adventure begins

Gareth Bale has dismissed the notion Wales are a one-man team as he prepares to spearhead their Euro 2016 campaign, reports BBC Sport.

Allen, who injured a knee during Wales' pre-tournament training camp in Portugal, missed his country's final warm-up game against Sweden at the weekend, along with Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley and Reading forward Hal Robson-Kanu.

Just like Roy Hodgson's number two, the Wales boss was pictured clutching an exposed teamsheet, giving the rest of their Group B rivals an invaluable insight into possible line-ups and tactics.

Allen was a late substitute in Liverpool's Europa League final defeat to Sevilla on May 18, and is the most likely to start in Bordeaux on Saturday.

The most expensive player in the world and to Wales he is absolutely crucial and as long as he is playing and is fit, then it will be an exciting campaign for us.

On Slovakia's strengths, Kozak said: "We want to succeed with team spirit and the match will show what extent we will put that into practice".

"It's important we have as many of our squad available, and I'll be keen to start after my contribution in the qualifiers". 'What they need to think about is that they are good enough to be here and there is nothing to be afraid of in anyone we face in the tournament, if they are at their best and doing what they are good at.

It has also been suggested by some that Wales' qualification for Euro 2016 - their first major tournament appearance since 1958 - has vindicated Bale's decision to choose the nation of his birth, but he insisted: "I wouldn't care if I never qualified, I would never play for England".

The Napoli midfielder believes worldwide friendly draws against the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland over the past three months will stand his team-mates in good stead for what Wales have to offer. "I'm happy we scored three goals, and that the three goalscorers aren't named Zlatan", Sweden coach Erik Hamren told a news conference after the game.

"It was the first time in two years we have been really under par, but it was my fault", said Coleman.

The foundation upon which this team is built is the defence, which conceded just four goals in 10 qualifiers.

'It was a gritty, determined display with a bit of quality, ' Coleman added. We can play some good football, don't get me wrong. "I'm sure it will be a very good game; hopefully we can come out on top".

  • Rosalie Stanley