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Ledley Eager To Let Football Do The Talking

23 June 2016

Having strutted his stuff in front of the Wales fan in Toulouse on Monday night, Joe Ledley is keen let his football do the talking this weekend as Wales take on Northern Ireland in the knockout stages of Euro 2016.

The Palace man has quickly become a cult hero in his homeland after displaying some energetic dance moves after qualification for the tournament was clinched in Bosnia and Herzegovina last year, and after Chris Coleman’s men made the last 16 of the competition Ledley showcased some new shapes in celebration of the achievement.

Once again he became a hit on social media, but he is keen not to let his twinkle toes overshadow Wales’ performances which saw them top their group ahead of England.

On whether he has any more moves to break out should Northern Ireland be beaten in Paris on Saturday, he said: “I think I've started too well! It went viral last time so we'll see what the reaction is. 

“I had them in the locker but we wanted them to come out. The fans have been brilliant, they’ve behaved so well. It is an honour to them.

“However I don't want it to take away from what we did as a team on Monday night. We played some great football and showed the world what we are capable of doing. It was a fantastic moment that will go down in history and after the fans have gone through so many lows, it was great to be able to honour them and hopefully we can do that again.”

Wales are now in a strong position to advance right to the latter stages of the competition having qualified on a side of the draw that sees their seven other rivals for a spot in the final all having not won a World Cup or European Championship.

Should the Red Dragons continue to advance then Ledley will have to postpone his wedding which is scheduled for later in the summer, but it’s something he admits his fiancée Ruby will be OK with.

On whether he’ll have to change the date of his big day, the 29-year-old said: “Yes probably but we’ll wait and see what happens. Obviously football comes first, she understands that, and we’re just honoured to be here.

“It’s a new environment for us, we’re not used to this but we’ve dealt with it pretty well. We miss our families but we need to stick together as players.”

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