3 days to go: Ledley, Allen and HRK all complete Wednesday morning training session
After acknowledging yesterday that it would be ‘reckless’ to field Joe Ledley in Saturday’s Group B opener against Slovakia on Saturday, Chris Coleman will come away pleased from this morning’s open training session with Ledley, Joe Allen and Hal Robson-Kanu all taking full-part.
Chris Wathan gave us a breakdown of today’s training session in which the Welsh coaching staff ran the squad through specific drills as the clock counts down to their first ever European Championship fixture.
The team has been split into two sections having gone through their warm-ups with Ryland Morgans, Adam Owen, Osain Roberts, Paul Trollope and Chris Coleman leading groups and running through drills.
Chris Coleman is currently working with a back five consisting of Chris Gunter, James Chester, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies and Neil Taylor, which might be a hint for Wales’ opening fixture against Slovakia.
They are running a shape drill, moving across as a unit as the ball is fed across the attackers – with Chris Coleman attacking as one of the forwards.
Players have been swapped in and out, but it is obvious Coleman sees organisation as key to progressing in the tournament, as it was in a successful qualifying campaign.
The attackers are being led by Trollope and include Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
Also present are those with fitness doubts – Joe Ledley, Joe Allen and Hal Robson-Kanu – with Ledley back and looking sharp following a miraculous recovery from a leg fracture.
Dafydd Pritchard surmised for BBC Sport following training:
Wales have just finished their open training session in Dinard, in front of a large and noisy crowd of local school children.
The good news is midfielders Joe Ledley and Joe Allen and striker Hal Robson-Kanu all took a full part in proceedings, including the training match, having recently been injury doubts for Saturday’s Euro 2016 opener against Slovakia.
One should be wary about reading too much into these things but the apparent ‘first XI’ in the training match had Allen alongside David Edwards and Aaron Ramsey in midfield, with Sam Vokes up front instead of Robson-Kanu.
This, of course, might mean nothing – manager Chris Coleman has already shown today he has a taste for mischief.
That leads on to one of the funnier moments from Dinard so far, as Chris Coleman gave eagle-eyed photographers a secret glance at his best XI… of all time.
After England coach Ray Lewington was recently snapped holding a pad with an England team scribbled out, Coleman served up a tongue-in-cheek response listing a team with the likes of Best, Moore, Pele, Maradona and Zico in it!
Coleman and the players will also face the press today as Saturday quickly approaches.