Dean Ashton has urged Gareth Southgate to show the England squad the infamous video of Wales celebrating the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 exit.
Following England‘s shock defeat to Iceland six years ago, the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey were filmed reacting wildly.
England face Wales on Tuesday night in their last World Cup group stage clash, where victory would ensure they progress into the Round of 16 as Group B winners.
A victory for Southgate‘s side would also knock their neighbours out of their first World Cup since 1958.
Southgate has hinted he will show his players the video of Wales celebrating their Euro heartbreak in an attempt to fire up England for the Battle of Britain showdown.
Asked if it was being used as motivation in his press conference, he said: “I couldn’t say! We are aware of some of that.”
And ex-West Ham striker Ashton, who played once for the Three Lions in 2008, believes the ex-Middlebrough manager simply has to show his squad the clip.
Speaking on the Sports Breakfast, Ashton was asked by Laura Woods about getting motivation from videos such as Wales celebrating England’s Euro 2016 exit.
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To which he said: “I love it – especially that king of thing. Absolutely Gareth, you show that to the players tonight.
“I think those sort of things when it’s actual players that you come up against, whether it’s a tweet, whether it’s a video, brilliant.
“Put that in front of the boys, I think it does give them that extra little bit.
“We actually had it when I was playing for Norwich, slightly differently, we had to win or draw to stay in the Premier League on the last game of the season.
“We was playing Fulham away. [Boss Nigel Worthington] put on the Al Pacino video [Any Given Sunday speech] which is just the best speech.
“He put it on, felt pumped, went into the game, lost 6-0. Cheers, Nige!”
Meanwhile England right-back Kieran Trippier has insisted that his teammates haven’t spoken about the viral video and aren’t using it as extra motivation.
He stated: “As players we’ve not even spoken about that. I’m not just saying that either but again as players we have to overcome these things every week.
“It’s not added motivation for us, to be honest that’s probably the first time I’ve heard anybody bring it up, none of my teammates have spoken about it.
“As players we just need to focus on tomorrow, listen to what the manager says, the tactics, go on the training field and get ready for the game tomorrow so I’m calm and relaxed and so are my teammates and nobody has spoken about the video.”
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