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Published: 11:17 | 11/6/16

Bale: England ‘big themselves up’

Real Madrid man excited to meet old 'enemy'

Gareth Bale is hoping to take advantage of overoptimistic English expectations by beating ‘the enemy’ at Euro 2016.

Wales face Slovakia in their Group B opener on Saturday, while England meet Russia, with the two British sides in direct opposition on Thursday.

Former Tottenham Hotspur attacker Bale believes that Roy Hodgson’s men will be unable to match the Welsh ‘passion’.

"They big themselves up before they've done anything, so we're going to go there and believe we can beat them," said the Real Madrid forward.

“For me, it is probably the stand-out game in the group stages, but there is no pressure on us because they believe they can beat us.

"I had a chuckle when England came out (in the draw) - I'm not going to lie.

"It's an amazing game to be involved in and it's like any derby, you never want to lose to the enemy.

"Even in the recent (rugby) World Cup, when we won, I remember those. England don't get that, do they?

Ramping up the fighting talk, Bale added: “I think we've got a lot more passion and pride about us than them.

“We'll definitely show that on the day."

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