Tottenham defender Ben Davies has defended Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale, urging Wales fans to keep faith that the star duo will deliver one more time in tomorrow's World Cup crucial clash against England.
Wales must beat Gareth Southgate's side to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 at their first World Cup in 64 years, with veteran midfielder Joe Allen admitting Rob Page's team need the “performance of our lives" to reach the knockout stage.
“Gareth and Aaron have turned up for Wales over and over again," the Tottenham defender said. “They have shown the quality they have and, to be honest, I don't think we'd be here without them. To criticise them is probably very unjust. I think we have to put our faith in them and that they can do it for us one more time."
Both have looked leggy, with Bale playing back-to-back 90 minutes and Ramsey only substituted late on against Iran following Wayne Hennessey's red card, but Page appears to have no choice but to turn to both men again.
“They're two incredible players," said Swansea midfielder Allen. “I don't think there's anyone else in the squad who's reached the heights they're capable of. It's a huge game coming up, they're big-game players and always have been. Hopefully, if any criticism has come their way, then they'll be able to answer a few of those critics with a top performance."