England are just as passionate as Wales for the Euro 2016 clash but need to keep their concentration, says Sky Sports reporter Nick Collins. Collins will be covering his 265th England game in Lens on Thursday, and it will be the first meeting of the two British nations at a major tournament. Leading up to the much-anticipated clash, there has been plenty of comment from both camps, and star man Gareth Bale saying that Wales have more passion and pride than their English counter-parts. But Collins doesnt believe this is the case, and Roy Hodgsons men will be just as fired up for the contest. Euro 2016 Podcast - June 14 Listen to build-up for England v Wales plus the Irish fixtures at Euro 2016 Weve heard plenty from Wales in the build-up to this game about being even more passionate about this game than England. Dont you believe it for a moment, Collins told Andy Burton on the Euro 2016 Podcast.The England lads would have smiled wryly when they heard those sorts of comments, because this means every bit as much to them and its classic underdog taking on the favourites.In whatever context, the team that feels like it is the underdogs really wants to get on the front foot in terms of getting those comment out there in the build-up to the game. The latest for the England squad as they train today ahead of their second Euro 2016 group match against Wales in Lens I dont blame the Wales guys for suggesting theres maybe more of a togetherness and they want it more but no, the appetite among the England players will be every bit as strong as Wales. This is a game where a lot of friendships get put on hold for the 90 minutes because both teams will know each other very well.Its fascinating and its never happened before, this England v Wales clash at a major tournament so its an absolutely fantastic occasion but England will be pumped up as much as Wales.Chris Colemans side won their opening fixture against Slovakia on Saturday to see them lead the group heading into the second round of fixtures. Wales players huddle after beating Slovakia 2-1 on Saturday evening England are joint second behind their fellow Brits after a late 1-1 draw with Russia in Marseille, and arguably need three points against the Welsh to maintain their hopes of reaching the knockout stages. Indeed, Collins believes that England can be victorious in Lens, but they need to concentrate on seeing out the game and not making any more late mistakes.You could argue that it means Wales dont have to go gung-ho against England because a point would give them four from two and thats still two ahead of England. Youd have to say that has to be enough for at least third place, probably even second place to be honest. Maybe it will free them up to go for it a bit more. I know England are going to really have to concentrate on ensuring that this time they do finish it off and if they get ahead, there can be no equaliser this time around.If it is a draw, and we go to the last set of games, with Wales on four and England on two, then it could become nerve wracking. Gareth Bale celebrates after opening the scoring for Wales against Slovakia There is still that little margin for England and as long as they perform like they did against Russia for long periods, make sure that there is no last minute slip up and make sure you take your chances as well - all obvious things to say - then man for man, I do believe they are better than Wales and should go on and win it. Also See: Bale: We have more pride Mersons Euro predictions Hodgson selection headache QUIZ: Football teams in Welsh Avonte Maddox Eagles Jersey
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