Adrian Durham diary: England v Wales drama, Coleman’s Bale failings and more…

first_img7 talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham is taking you behind the scenes at Euro 2016. Today, he writes about an electric British derby between England and Wales, gives a shout out to talkSPORT’s James Milner and explains why a half and half scarf can sometimes be acceptable…. England v Wales in Lens and what a fantastic day. We drove up the A1 from Chantilly, made it past a police check on cars to make sure nobody was taking alcohol to Lens, and then arrived in really good time.French police check the talkSPORT car for alcoholI walked from the stadium to the train station to pick up a ticket I’d bought, and walked back again, and saw England and Wales fans mixing freely with no trouble whatsoever. There was a great atmosphere, lots of singing, and everyone was loving it. Inside the ground, there were Wales fans mingling with England fans, and no problems. As L’Equipe said, it was a typical Premier League atmosphere, and the national anthems of both countries were sung frequently during the game, and sung with such passion that even the most ardent football hater would have been moved to tears.England and Wales fans mingle in LensEngland and Wales fans ahead of the big matchThe game was dramatic to say the least, you all know what happened, so no need to go over it here. I will say I thought Rooney was excellent again, the England full-backs were amazing, Joe Hart should have saved the free-kick, and Roy made good, albeit obvious, subs. It was a bold shout bringing on Rashford for such a game as well, and the kid played decent. Credit to Roy for that. Sterling wasn’t great again, and he might have played his way out of the starting line-up, Kane looks shattered, and Dele Alli was disappointing I thought. I wouldn’t mind seeing Jack Wilshere come in for the Spurs youngster.As for Wales, Chris Coleman must work out a way to get more out of Bale. Yes he scored but for the second game running it was a pot shot from a free kick that should have been easily saved. Apart from that Bale worked hard, showed flashes here and there, but at full-time I was relieved as an England fan that he had little chance to show his true quality. As England know only too well, tournament football is massively different to qualification, and Coleman must work harder while he has such a golden talent at his disposal. Lumping it up to him and hoping for free-kicks is pretty basic stuff.I must give a shout to Frazer, who I stood next to at the game. Never met him before but he was a top man, and he predicted England would win 2-1 with a last minute goal. So when it happened we had a manhug. Nice moment. Not sure he’s recovered.England fans celebrate the dramatic win over WalesMy wife was also at the game and she found a half and half scarf for sale outside the ground. It was silk, 10 Euro, and she bought it. Unacceptable, I hear you say. But her mother is English and her dad is Welsh, and it is a gift for them. So it’s one of the rare occasions when a half and half scarf IS acceptable.The ‘acceptable’ half and half scarfAfter the whistle I quickly made my way to the temporary talkSPORT studio in Lens to start hosting the next two games. Colin Murray’s inserts from pitchside during the Northern Ireland games are a thing of joy and beauty. For example, with NI leading 1-0, six minutes of injury time were signalled, and Colin’s reaction was: “Six minutes??? Why don’t they just play another bloody game?” Proper passion. Hats off to Northern Ireland, an incredible result for them.And then Germany 0 Poland 0. Disappointing. We drove back to Chantilly, arriving at about 12:45am. The Senior Gooner deserves a shout out for being talkSPORT’s version of James Milner: not boring, but works hard, does a great job for the team and was on the go doing stuff literally all day and virtually all night yesterday. Hence his “lazyboy” moment as you can see.talkSPORT’s James Milner takes a well-earned restI was still buzzing from the England win, so we stayed up in the hotel bar til 3am watching a re-run of the whole match on French TV. They stopped serving at about 2am, but we had our own stash of beers. Decent.And yes I went crazy again when Sturridge got the winner. Adrian Durham takes you behind the scenes in France last_img

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