September 23, 2021

EURO: Wales Ready To Beat Turkey

BAKU: Wales center -back Joe Rodon’s relationship with Tottenham Hotspur team -mates Gareth Bale and Ben Davies has made him ‘more comfortable’ at international level ahead of the Euro 2020 Group A clash against Turkey this week.

Rodon, 23, managed to impress operator Robert Page in the defensive line, in addition to having 15 caps since making his first appearance in 2019.

He joined Bale and Davies at Spurs from the Swansea club in October last year and a video posted on social media described the tour as the ‘Welsh Mafia’ at the north London club.

“It’s been something important for me to feel comfortable with the whole team.

“Having Gareth and Ben on the team it will make me more comfortable and I’m happy,” Rodon said.

Five years ago, Wales advanced to the semi -finals of the European Championships in France, before losing to Portugal in their first appearance at the big Games since 1958.

Rodon has never made his first appearance with a senior teammate at the club he joined with several teammates having made a surprise advance to the last four, beating Belgium in the quarter -finals.

“I used to be a supporter, I watched the match with family and friends. I used to be in the supporters zone at Swansea,” he said.

“It was an incredible experience and I hope to create a memory with this team,” he added.

Realistically, Wales need to avoid defeat in Baku on Thursday to continue to liven up their chances of advancing to the round of 16 after being tied 1-1 with Switzerland.

However, on paper they can advance to the next round with just three points like Portugal and Northern Ireland at Euro 2016.

Rodon will also meet another trio of players who are often paired together at club level.

Lille striker Burak Yilmaz Yusuf Yazici and right-back Zeki Celik helped the club win the Ligue 1 title about a month ago.

“They’re a strong team and we also have great players. It’s a good thing to have something more than that in a football club,” he said.