The backstory of Wales heading into EURO 2020 was completely overshadowed by their coach Ryan Giggs, who is set to begin his trail from July, 2021. However, it will be assistant Robert Page who will be in charge of the team for EURO 2020. Under whose leadership Wales has won 4 out of the 6 previous games.
EURO 2020 Wales Preview
After their coach Ryan Giggs was arrested in November, Page has done a decent job in during his tenure. Moreover, he has led Wales to the top promotion in the UEFA Nations League as well. Having been the underdogs in the previous edition in 2016, the Welsh team will be led by their charismatic striker Gareth Bale once again. The other experienced name in the Welsh lineup will be of Aaron Ramsey who has missed plenty of games for his national side due to injuries. Yet he scored both the goals against Hungary and secured Wales place in the current competition.
Having said that, elsewhere in the squad, center back Joe Rodon and right back Neco Williams were occasionally impressive as bit-part players for Tottenham and Liverpool, respectively, this season. The surprise star be Manchester United pacy-winger Daniel James.
WALES SQUAD FOR EURO 2020
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester), Adam Davies (Stoke)
Defenders: Chris Gunter (Charlton), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Connor Roberts (Swansea), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Joe Rodon (Tottenham), Tom Lockyer (Luton), Neco Williams (Liverpool), Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United), Ben Cabango (Swansea)
Midfielders: Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Joe Allen (Stoke), Jonny Williams (Cardiff), Harry Wilson (Liverpool), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Joe Morrell (Luton), Matt Smith (Manchester City), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff)
Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff), Tyler Roberts (Leeds), Daniel James (Manchester United)
EURO 2020 KEY PLAYERS FOR WALES
The Robert Page men are placed in group A along with countries like Italy, Switzerland and Turkey. Having both a bunch of young and experienced squad, it seems like Page has been able to find the right combination in every game he has taken charge in. Yet he will have to find his core men in order to look for solutions when prompted against strong European sides. Justifying the same, here are the key players for Wales in Euro 2020.
The left-foot striker has shown glimpses of his best form in the 2020-21 season with Tottenham in the 2020-21 season. Having being placed on the bench for majority of the time, Bale needs to be at his formidable best, in either play making or guiding his young squad. Wales already possess the experience in their defensive line, Bale can look to run down the wings to exploit best of defences, along with James being equally fast on the other end.
Although he is not the most experienced Welsh players in this side, yet he has the talent to be Wales’ trump card in the competition. Knowing that James is not scared of running with ball from deep can help the mid-fielders to run the game by falling in, into the half of the opposition. In addition, Daniel James does know how to precisely put the ball past the keeper, which could surely lift the morale of his companions if he obliges to do so.
EURO 2020 WALES GROUP STAGE
Wales are scheduled in Group A against Italy, Turkey and Switzerland. Given that Roberto Mancini’s team has been in impeccable form being unbeaten for 27 previous games. They showcase no reason why they cannot top this particular group. However, with Wales clashing against Turkey and Switzerland, those matches could decide the second-place holder in this group.
Surprisingly Wales play against both these spoken about teams in Baku in their opening encounters. Apart from this fixture, they play Italy in Rome.
EURO 2020 WALES Group Stage Fixture
|Date||Fixture||Timing (in IST)||Venue|
|June 11||Switzerland||6:30 PM||Baku|
|June 16||Turkey||9:30 PM||Baku|
|June 20||Italy||9:30 PM||Rome|
Wales’ History in EURO
Wales never played in the EURO Championship before the previous edition in 2016 played in France, wherein they lost to eventual winners, Portugal 2-0 in the semi-finals. Courtesy to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.
WALES CHANCES AT EURO 2020
This nation has already shown what they can do in the previous edition. But this year with majority of players not at their prime, it seems like the mentality shall be set upon the players by the coach Rober Page. And if, Wales’ core of experienced players like Aaron Ramsey and Gareth do end up inspiring their young team, it will be no surprise for any football fanatics what this club can do at the highest European level.
WALES EURO 2020 PREDICTION
No one predicted Wales would reach the semi-finals at Euro 2016, especially after their 2-1 loss to England in the group stage. But the beauty of this competition is a team can suffer defeat and still progress far.
Wales will hope to make Baku their home for the two crucial games against Switzerland and Turkey. They last played the Swiss 10 years ago and have never faced Turkey in international competition.
Escaping Group A as runners-up to Italy would be deemed success for Page. It would also see them face the runners-up of Group B in the last-16, likely to be Denmark. After who can write a guaranteed winner.