Euro 2016: Joe Ledley confident of Wales progress after England heartbreak

Euro 2016: Joe Ledley confident of Wales progress after England heartbreak

Joe Ledley is confident about his team qualification in the knockout stages of Euro 2016 despite the loss to England.

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Wales next play Russia in their last group B game on Monday. (Source: AP)

Wales are in a fantastic position to reach the knockout stages of Euro 2016, despite Thursday’s 2-1 stoppage-time loss to rivals England, midfielder Joe Ledley said.

The Group B match in Lens appeared to be heading for a draw until Daniel Sturridge’s last-gasp strike handed England all three points and left Wales needing a win against Russia on Monday to guarantee qualification to the last 16.

Chris Coleman’s charges, however, will only need a point to be certain to progress to the next stage if England avoid defeat to Slovakia on Monday.

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“We just need to continue what we have been doing both on the pitch and off the pitch. Nothing changes. There are a lot of positives we can take and maybe the thing we can improve on is keeping the ball a bit better,” Ledley was quoted as saying by British media.

“We are in a fantastic position and we need to regroup, we can still progress and it is in our hands. There is a big game in a few days and we must stay strong and stay together.”

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Ledley, who recovered from a leg fracture in order to play at Euro 2016, lasted 67 minutes against England before being substituted with a calf problem.

The 29-year-old, however, declared himself fit for the decisive group clash against Russia.

“It is OK, I felt my calf tightening up a bit during halftime and once I got a bang on it, it stiffened up a bit and we needed to take the precaution with it,” he said. “I could have played on but the lads said not to risk it.”