Adam Lallana is confident England will not be intimidated or overawed by Gareth Bale, and believes Wales have plenty of other dangerous players.
A decade on from making their first steps into first-team football together, the graduates of Southampton’s academy will lock horns at Euro 2016 when Lens hosts an eagerly-anticipated Group B encounter on Thursday.
Lallana does not necessarily think a man-marking job is the right way to handle a player he considers among the top five in the world and rejected the notion his presence is intimidating.
“That’s not for me to decide, the tactics,” he said. “It depends how you play.
“You don’t want to leave your team too vulnerable on the counter-attack with players like Gareth Bale playing. The strengths and qualities that he has.
“But it’s not a one-man show. They’ve got plenty of other good players.
“I have the pleasure of playing with Joe Allen and know what a talent he is. Aaron Ramsey is another one who is very talented, so we can’t just put all our focus on Gareth then get a sucker punch from one of their other good players.
“It’s right we respect the whole team and look at their strengths and weaknesses and figure out how we are going to beat them.
“I know (his aura) won’t affect me or our team. We have got plenty of players with that aura and special talent. So I don’t believe that will come into play, no.”