Coach: Chris Coleman
Colours: Red shirts, shorts and socks
v Slovakia (11 June, Bordeaux)
v England (16 June, Lens)
v Russia (20 June, Toulouse)
Wales have never made it to the finals, but did get to the last eight in 1976, when only the last four made it to the finals proper.
This is Wales’ first appearance at the tournament finals and their first major tournament appearance since the 1958 World Cup. Years of underperforming in qualification will not faze the current crop of players though, and there is a real belief that the team spirit that dominated their qualification for the tournament could carry them through the competition this summer.
How They Got There
Wales’ games weren’t the most high scoring, but they still managed to finish second in their qualifying group – behind Belgium and ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra. Forward Gareth Bale scored seven of the eleven goals the team picked up, and Coleman’s team only conceded four goals.
v Belgium: 1-0 (h), 0-0 (a)
v Bosnia & Herzegovina: 0-0 (h), 0-2 (a)
v Israel: 0-0 (h), 3-0 (a)
v Cyprus: 2-1 (h), 1-0 (a)
v Andorra: 2-0 (h), 2-1 (a)
Wales boast a vast array of talent with the likes of Swansea’s Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor, Tottenham’s Ben Davies, Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Liverpool’s Joe Allen, but there is no doubt that Real Madrid man Bale is their star player. Yet another top season with Real was capped off with a second Champions League winner’s medal in three years. Madrid beat rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties – with Bale scoring in the shootout – and it was arguably one of his best displays of the season. He will be going into this summer’s tournament in France on a high, and he could be the difference between success and failure for the Welsh this year.
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Daniel Ward (Liverpool), Owain Fon Williams (Inverness Caledonian Thistle)
Defenders: Ashley Williams (Swansea), James Chester (West Brom), Ben Davies (Tottenham), James Collins (West Ham), Chris Gunter (Reading), Neil Taylor (Swansea), Jazz Richards (Fulham)
Midfielders: Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace), Joe Allen (Liverpool), David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace), David Edwards (Wolves), George Williams (Fulham), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Andy King (Leicester)
Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), David Cotterill (Birmingham City), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Simon Church (Aberdeen, on loan from Milton Keynes Dons), Sam Vokes (Burnley)