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Official squad list
Official squad list
|1||Wayne Hennessey||29||Crystal Palace|
|12||Owain Fôn Williams||29||Inverness|
|5||James Chester||27||West Brom|
|19||James Collins||32||West Ham|
|16||Joe Ledley||29||Crystal Palace|
|20||Jonathan Williams||22||Crystal Palace|
|22||David Vaughan Doubtful||33||Nottm Forest|
|11||Gareth Bale||26||Real Madrid|
|23||MK Dons||27||Simon Church|
|16||Thomas Meunier||24||Club Brugge|
|7||Kevin de Bruyne||24||Man. Cit|
|8||Marouane Fellaini||28||Man. United|
Wales defeated Belgium in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying and will be after more of the same as they pursue a historic semi-final spot, though the Red Devils boast the better record overall.
Wales will look to set a new mark by reaching the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2016, having already proved in qualifying that they can get the better of Marc Wilmots’ Belgium.
• Belgium have had the better of the sides’ 12 meetings to date, but only just: W5 D3 L4.
• The teams were pooled together during qualifying so know each other well; they drew 0-0 in Brussels, while Gareth Bale got the only goal in a 1-0 win for Chris Coleman’s men in Cardiff in the return fixture on 12 June 2015.
• The teams for that game were:
Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Taylor, Richards, Chester, Williams, Allen, Robson-Kanu (King 90+3), Ramsey, Bale (Vokes 87), Ledley.
Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld (Carrasco 77), Lombaerts, Nainggolan, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Benteke, Hazard, Mertens (Lukaku 46), Denayer.
EURO facts – Wales
• Wales have never before reached a UEFA European Championship final tournament. Their previous best performance came in 1976, when they lost to Yugoslavia 3-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, losing the first leg 2-0 in Zagreb before a 1-1 draw in Cardiff.
• Wales have matched their greatest international success by reaching the last eight; they were also quarter-finalists at their only FIFA World Cup in 1958, losing out 1-0 to eventual winners Brazil.
• Bale scored seven of Wales’ 11 goals in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016, providing two assists – meaning he scored or set up 82% of his side’s goals. With three goals and one assist at the finals so far, he has been a little less efficient – he has had a hand in just 57% of the Dragons’ strikes in France.
• This is the first time a Welsh side – club or national – will play a game in Lille.
EURO facts – Belgium
• This is Belgium’s first UEFA European Championship final tournament since they co-hosted UEFA EURO 2000 with the Netherlands, and their fifth EURO in total.
• The Red Devils’ biggest achievement to date was reaching the final of this tournament in 1980, when they lost 2-1 to West Germany in Rome.
• Belgium’s 4-0 win against Hungary in the round of 16 was the most emphatic victory recorded at UEFA EURO 2016, and their biggest margin of victory at any major final tournament.
• Lille is just over the border from Belgium, and this will be the national team’s third game in the city; they lost 4-3 to France in Lille in a 1914 friendly game, and more recently won 5-0 as the away side in a World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg played in the city in 1989.
Coach and player links
• Current team-mates:
Joe Allen and Danny Ward with Christian Benteke and Simon Mignolet (Liverpool FC)
Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembélé and Jan Vertonghen with Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur FC)
• Eden Hazard (2007-12) and Divock Origi (2012-14) both started their professional careers at LOSC Lille, having crossed the border into France to play in the club’s youth academy. Hazard won a domestic double with the club in 2010/11.
• As a player, Coleman remained on the bench for Wales in two World Cup qualifiers in which Wilmots featured for Belgium: a 2-0 loss in Brussels in November 1992 and a 3-2 defeat in the Belgian capital in October 1997, with Wilmots playing all 90 minutes and scoring in the more recent game after coming on as a late substitute in the former.
• Belgium beat Spain 5-4 on penalties in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals – their only previous competitive penalty shoot-out. They also beat England 4-3 on spot kicks after a goalless draw in a friendly match in Casablanca in May 1998.
• Wales have yet to feature in a shoot-out.