Wales v Slovakia: Euro 2016 – live!

Paul will be here soon enough. In the meantime, read Stuart James on Gareth Bale’s England chat, with the Wales man declaring: “It is like any derby – you never want to lose to the enemy. I think we’ve got a lot more passion and pride about us than them. We’ll definitely show that on the day.”

Related: Gareth Bale on Wales: ‘We have a lot more pride and passion than England’

Vladimir Weiss had just turned 24. The Manchester City academy product, who was once tipped as the club’s next big thing, had experience of the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A while he had built a reputation on the international scene with Slovakia. The winger was a part of his country’s historicbolt to the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Now Weiss had an offer and a life?changing decision to make. Except that there was not really a decision. It was an offer he could not refuse – the Qataris tend to make them that way. It was January 2014 and it had come from Lekhwiya, one of the leading clubs in the Qatar Stars League. Weiss was playing for Olympiakos at the time and testing himself in the Champions League. Before long he was on the plane to Doha.

Related: Vladimir Weiss warns England and Wales: it will not be easy against Slovakia

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