Davies warns Alli 'be careful' in Lens

Ben Davies celebrates Wales' win over Slovakia at Euro 2016

Euro 2016: England v Wales
Venue: Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens Date: Thursday, 16 June Kick-off: 14:00 BST
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Ben Davies says his Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Dele Alli must be “careful” when England face Wales on Thursday.

Alli missed Spurs’ final three games of 2015-16 for punching West Bromwich Albion midfielder Claudio Yacob.

Defender Davies says Alli would not be playing for Spurs aged 20 “if he didn’t have that fight in him”.

But he warned: “People are going to be looking at him now, not just for the quality of his football but will be scrutinised for his behaviour as well.”

Alli’s ninth cap came in England’s opening draw against Russia on the day Wales began with a 2-1 win over Slovakia.

On Wednesday, Slovakia beat Russia 2-1 to go level on points with Wales at the top of Group B, leaving England under pressure before Thursday’s meeting in Lens.

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Davies says Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year Alli’s approach is “what makes him the player he is”.

The former Swansea City player added that Wales have sufficient top-quality talent not to be overawed by England.

“We’ve got players who play at the very top level on a regular basis so nothing should faze us,” he said.

“I don’t think we can afford to think of ourselves as underdogs.

“People can say what they want and look at it whatever way they like, but we are a confident group and we’ll put every effort into doing well.”

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England fielded five Spurs players to start against Russia, including Danny Rose, Davies’ rival for the left-back spot at White Hart Lane.

“There are 11 players on the field, not five. That’s the best way for us to look at it,” said Davies.

Meanwhile, former Spurs forward Gareth Bale says it would be “normal” to take a few kicks from England players.

“You always get it. They (Slovakia) had a nice nibble on Saturday.”

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The build-up to the match has included Bale and England’s Jack Wilshere trading comments amid a rivalry that began in 1879.

Bale said England could not match Wales for “pride and passion”, comments England boss Roy Hodgson described as “disrespectful”.

On the eve of the game, Bale said: “I don’t think I’ve said anything to be bad, to be honest. I’ve given my opinion what our country is about.”

The Real Madrid player says he has a plan to deal with the possibility of being man-marked.

“I’ll just move the player out the way and create some space. It doesn’t bother me,” he said.

“If I don’t get the ball I will stand on the wing, he can stand next to me and there will be a massive hole in the middle.”

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