As the historical underdogs, maybe it’s easier to understand why Wales would be happy to see England knocked out of Euro 2016, as was the case when England lost 2-1 to Iceland.
However, the reaction of the Wales players was fairly bizarre, with them jumping around and celebrating as if they were the ones who had just beaten England.
Wayne Rooney claims he wasn’t bothered by how the Welsh players reacted, but conceded that some of the English players who had club teammates in that camp were upset.
Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturride watched Joe Allen and Danny Ward celebrate their exit, while Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Harry Kane and Eric Dier had to see Ben Davies.
Because some of the England players are club-mates with some of the Wales players, for the lads who had club team-mates jumping around to celebrate their failure, that was a bit disappointing for some of them.
Not taken aback, I think a bit disappointed. Personally, I wasn’t really too fussed. I said before that during the tournament I’m not fussed what Wales or Ireland do in the tournament.
If they do well good luck to them, if they don’t, I’m not really too bothered. I probably would have wanted them to go on and win it, as I would rather a British team did, but I didn’t lose any sleep when they got knocked out.