Chester: Bale is better than any of England’s front men

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Wales defender James Chester has told England’s strikers they are not in the same class as Gareth Bale.

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy scored 49 Premier League goals between them last season, and England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney will lead them out against Wales in their Euro 2016 showdown.

The build-up to the game in Lens on Thursday has seen players from both camps claim that they have the better team.

But Chester (right) insists there is no argument when it comes down to who has the best player.

“They’ve got a lot of attacking talent, but I don’t think what they’ve got is anything like we’ve got in Gareth,” said Chester.

“They’re certainly very talented individuals and they’ve got a lot of goals in them. But Gareth’s on a different level, he is just such a special player.”

England showed signs of defensive fragility in the build-up to Euro 2016 and switched off in the final seconds of their tournament opener when Russia scored an injury-time equaliser to draw 1-1 in Marseille.

“If there is a weakness in the England team it’s at the back,” said Chester.

“So if we can keep it tight then we’ll be confident we’ve got opportunities.”