Ashley Williams has revealed the truth behind the video which showed Wales celebrating England’s loss to Iceland at Euro 2016.
The Three Lions had been overwhelming favourites to beat Iceland in the round-of-16, but goals from Ragnar Sigurosson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson cancelled out Wayne Rooney’s opener and sent Roy Hodgson’s side packing.
As England mourned yet another failure at a major tournament, the Welsh squad toasted the defeat like it was a victory of their own.
A 30-second clip was leaked online which showed Wales players celebrating in the team hotel just after Iceland’s shock victory in Paris.
Williams, Wales’ captain at Euro 2016, has now revealed the truth behind the infamous video – and how it all started with the group stage clash which England won 2-1.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at the launch of their European Championships 5-A-Side Bet, he said: “We had England in the groups in Euro 2016, we were going back and forward with them in press conferences, especially Gaz [Gareth Bale].
“I'm trying to put fires out left, right and centre, Gaz keeps doing press conferences winding them up, they're having a nibble back.
“Then they beat us in the 98th minute, or whatever it was, and over-celebrated. Gary Neville – their coach – is running down to the corner flag to celebrate.
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“If we'd have won in the same manner, I'm not saying we wouldn't have done the same thing, but the back and forth goes on with them long after the game.”
That laid the groundwork for the celebrations after England’s defeat to Iceland – a country with a population of just over 350,000.
“Half of our squad are born in England – but we're very Welsh. No one ever doubted our commitment to Wales.
“We watched the game against Iceland, and there's a little bit of previous from a couple of weeks ago, but a lot of it was just because it was Iceland.
“Who didn't love Iceland that year? Apart from England, everyone else loved them.
"It was just a group of lads, away from home, probably a little bit bored watching a game, getting carried away like everyone does.
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“We were cheering every throw-in. I don't know how the video got out, we blame little Jonny Williams for it getting out.
“The whole time it's going on, I'm in the background thinking 'oh my days'. Half of us are born in England, this was not going to go down well. But it was just lads having fun.
“I think our media team were a little bit annoyed about it, but ultimately it was meant in jest, that's the honest answer.”
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