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Euro Focus: Sam Vokes

10 June 2016

Wales’ last participation at a major tournament came in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden when they went unbeaten in the group stage.

The side, under the stewardship of Jimmy Murphy, would eventually go out in the Quarter Final to Brazil after a Pele goal in the 66th minute.

They were missing a key man in John Charles that day through injury but 58 years on and the spotlight is likely to be on current star man Gareth Bale to lead the way.

In Group B, they have chance to avenge the memories of that Euro 2004 Play-Off defeat to Russia when a Vadim Evseev goal broke hearts at the Millenium Stadium.

Vokes and his teammates will of course face an England squad that includes Tom Heaton during the group stages.

Wales last beat the Three Lions in May 1984 when Mark Hughes debut goal just 17 minutes in proved the difference at the Racecourse Ground. Their overall record in 103 meetings with England reads W14 D21 L68.

Clarets striker Sam Vokes is likely to face competition from Hal Robson-Kanu for a starting berth up front in the opener against Slovakia.

Vokes, who scored 15 goals in the Championship, played 73 minutes of the 3-0 defeat to Sweden in the final warm-up fixture in the absence of Robson-Kanu who has been struggling with various leg and ankle injuries.

Wales have been training at purpose built facilities in Dinard ahead of their opening fixture.

When and where are they playing?

Saturday 11 June (5pm kick-off) – Wales v Slovakia at Stade de Bordeaux - Bordeaux
Thursday 16 June (2pm kick-off) - England v Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis - Lens Agglo
Monday 20 June (8pm kick-off) - Russia v Wales at Stadium de Toulouse - Toulouse

Where can I watch the games?

Saturday 11 June (5pm kick-off) – Wales v Slovakia - BBC1 and S4C

Thursday 16 June (2pm kick-off) - England  v Wales - BBC1 and S4C

Monday 20 June (8pm kick-off) Russia v Wales - ITV4 and S4C

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