Liverpool legend Dean Saunders is the fourth highest goal-scorer in Wales’ history and played with the dragon on his chest on 75 occasions. So surely you would expect the BBC pundit to pick out Chris Coleman’s men as the home nation dark horses as the Euros approach their second week?
Not so, even when you factor in Wales’ magnificent opening win over Slovakia. Speaking to 888sport this week Saunders talks up Northern Ireland as the most likely giant-killers, a quote attributed to him incidentally prior to the Irish slaying of Ukraine.
“If I had to have a bet on anyone to cause an upset through the tournament it wouldn’t be Wales – I’d go for Northern Ireland. Their defence is really organised. They can resist pressure and keep possession to relieve it. They can go get nil-nils and one-nils and surprise everybody.”
The fact that the interview took place in an Irish bar had nothing to do with it we’re sure Deano!