Good morning Britain broadcast Michael Sheen’s stirring speech to the Wales team ahead of their game against England.
Wales play England in the group stage of the World Cup on Tuesday night (29 November) in their home countries’ first-ever clash at the tournament.
In Tuesday’s episode GMBthe program broadcast footage of Sheen’s address to the Wales team earlier this year.
In September, the Damn club star delivered an impassioned speech to the soccer team during a visit to their training center.
Sheen’s visit followed his impromptu monologue on Sky A league of its own quickly became known. Host Romesh Ranganathan had asked the actor to improvise the kind of message he would give to the Wales team.
Wales manager Rob Page praised the on-air moment and said the Wales side would love to meet Sheen in person.
The speech, which was shared widely on social media, included references to the late Gary Speed, manager Rob Page and the “red wall” of Welsh fans.
Sheen – who was born in Newport, Wales – began his speech in Welsh by saying: ‘Yma o hyd. Yma o hyd. [We are still here, we are still here].”
You can see the speech in full here.
GMB Viewers praised the speech, with one person writing on Twitter that they “have never been so proud to be Welsh”.
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Sheen recently criticized Prince William, the Prince of Wales, after the England squad tweeted a video of him giving the team a royal farewell.
This is the country’s first World Cup tournament in 64 years. They last competed in 1958.
In their first game of the competition, Wales drew 1-1 with USA on 21 November. Wales lost their next game against Iran 2-0 on 25 November.
Meanwhile, England beat Iran six to two in their first game on November 21. But Gareth Southgate’s team also drew 0-0 against the USA.
The Three Lions are top of the table and only need a draw to secure a place in the knockout rounds.
Wales – led by former Tottenham player Gareth Bale – are on the verge of being eliminated and need to beat England for the first time since 1984 to progress and hopes of a draw between Iran and the USA.
Bale now plays for FC Los Angeles in the US league.
For more information on England vs Wales see The IndependentLive Blog from , including kick-off time, how to watch and other updates.
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