England faces Wales in “The Battle of Britain” Thursday, a match that will stream live and one that England badly need to win over their neighbors to the east if they want to stay alive and advance to the knockout round at the UEFA 2016 European Championships. But to do so, they will have to neutralize one of the world’s best players in Gareth Bale of reigning UEFA Champions League title holders Real Madrid.
Before moving to Real Madrid, the Wales danger man starred in the Barclays Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur, adding another storyline to Thursday’s match, with the current England squad packed with new Spurs stars including league-leading goal scorer Harry Kane, fiery 20-year-old prodigy Dele Alli, and the goal-scorer in England’s Euro opener against Russia, Eric Dier.
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And Bale, who scored and led Wales to a 2-1 victory over Slovakia on Friday, added fuel to the rivalry when he claimed that Wales players compete with more “passion” than their English counterparts.
Before the tournament even began, Bale branded England the “enemy” of Wales, saying “they big themselves up before they’ve done anything.”
As a final jab, Bale said that he and his Wales teammates “got a lot more passion and pride about us than them.”
Watch England Manager Roy Hodgson and Captain Wayne Rooney respond to the pointed comments from Gareth bale in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the England vs. Wales 2016 UEFA Euro Group B showdown, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Central European Summer Time at the 38,000-seat Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens Agglo, France, on Thursday, June 16.
Fans in the United Kingdom can catch the live stream at 2 p.m., while viewers in the United States will need to log in at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, 6 a.m. Pacific.
Bale revisited his remarks on Tuesday, expressing glee that the England players “bit” on his verbal provocation.
“There are no mind games,” the former Spurs fullback said. “Nothing’s fazing us, we don’t feel any pressure.”
After one game, England stand on just one point from their heartbreaking 1-1 draw against Russia on Saturday, while Wales top Group B with three points and a +1 goal difference.
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A loss by England would put Wales through and mean that England would need to defeat Slovakia by multiple goals in their final group stage match to advance.
A draw would leave England with two points, Slovakia with three, and Wales with four — bringing everything down to the final match day to determine which countries survive to the Round of 16.
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To watch the England Vs. Wales 2016 UEFA Euro Group B showdown live stream, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link, or download the WatchESPN app to watch the game on mobile devices. Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the match via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN2, which carried the international friendly, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the England Vs. Wales match stream live online. A Spanish-language live stream of the game, Inglaterra vs. Gales, is also available via WatchESPN at this link.
A tactical cam live stream view, available without TV provider login credentials, is available from ESPN3 at this link as well.
Fans in the United Kingdom who want to watch a live stream of the England Vs. Wales 2016 UEFA Euro Group B match can view the game using BBC iPlayer at this link or use the BBC iPlayer app which is available on Google Chromecast and several other smart TV sets and devices in Great Britain.
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