Lewis is modest about Wales' chances at Euro 2020: 'Anything else after the group stages would be a bonus'
Ahead of the start of Euro 2020, which begins on June 11, Dartsnews looks ahead to this tournament with several darts players. In this article Jamie Lewis previews Wales' chances.
The Dragons are assigned to a group with Italy, Turkey and Switzerland. Lewis is modest about Wales' chances of reaching the knockout stage.
Are expectations high after Euro 2016, or is the aim just to get out of Group A?
''I don’t think the expectations are high after Euro 2016. We had an amazing run in 2016 and to get anywhere near that again would be some achievement. But I think getting out of the group would be a good achievement in itself as I think we are placed in a tough group.''
How reliant will Wales be on Gareth Bale?
''Obviously Bale is a huge player for the team and I think when he’s on form he brings the best out of the players around him as well. I think it is important he has a good campaign. But we’re not fully reliant on him I think. We have a few other key players who if they hit form, can make a big difference also.''
Italy are tough opponents, but can Wales be considered favourites against Turkey and Switzerland?
''No I definitely wouldn’t say we’re favourites against Turkey or Switzerland. I think the are both strong sides and we’re going to be going into each group match as the underdog. But hopefully we can cause some shocks.''
If you were the manager of the Welsh national team, which players would you put in your starting eleven?
GK - W.Hennessey
RB - N.Williams
CB - J. Rodon
CB - C.Mepham
LB - B.Davies
CDM - E.Ampadu
CM - J.Allen
CM - A.Ramsay
LW - D.James
ST - K.Moore
RW - G.Bale
What outcome would you consider a success for Wales this summer?
''As I said, I think we’re in a tricky group so I’d be really happy to see us progress through the group stages and anything else after that would be a bonus. I’m just happy to see us amongst it all really though, I can’t wait to watch our first match.''
What's your favourite Wales moment at a major tournament?
''My favourite moment has to be the 3-1 win over Belgium in the Quarter-Finals of Euro 2016. That Hal Robson-Kanu goal to make it 2-1 is a goal I’ll never forget.''