England finished second in Group B after a goalless draw with Slovakia.
England boss Roy Hodgson has insisted that his side fear no one in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 despite their disappointing results in Group B.
England made several attempts on goal on the night but could not break the stubborn resistance of the determined Slovakian side who defended in numbers.
The outcome of last night’s game has certainly narrowed the permutations when it comes to picking out England’s next opponents.
GOALSCORER Neil Taylor and midfield maestro Joe Allen hailed Wales’ 3-0 Euro 2016 win over Russian Federation as a “special moment” for Welsh football. England continued to press and Slovakia produced a back against the wall defensive display to record a draw. “But we should have won the game”.
Look, we all know my lack of faith in Hodgson, but he has got to be more proactive in selection.
“If I play Kyle Walker next week someone here will write it should have been Nathaniel Clyne because he played so well against Slovakia”.
Asked if claiming top spot gave Wales a better chance of progressing deep into the tournament, Bale said: “It definitely does, there are no easy games but this might give us a slightly easier game”.
However, the England manager feels too much has been made of the impact the changes had on the team.
“We have a clear idea of the players we think we would like to play and we will have to wait and see in Nice”. “As a nation geographically we are small but if you judge us by passion you could say we were a continent tonight”.
I think after a type of tournament like this, you need someone else to take charge of the national side for major competitions, he said via a translator.
England have controlled possession in all three of their matches but have struggled to turn pressure into goals so far.
And Hodgson’s future was placed in further doubt ahead of the game in Saint Etienne with FA chairman Greg Dyke – who will leave his post this summer – claiming that the former Liverpool and Fulham manager would only be certain of a new contract should England reach the semi-finals. Lots of players have had game time, some have been rested, and Portugal are the only one of the four possible opponents you’d be keen to avoid. “We were brilliant without the ball against England, but with it, we didn’t play like we know we could”, he added.
“I think the time will come when we will take those chances and some team might be at the end of that fairly soon”, he said.