After Cristiano Ronaldo⚡ decided to pull out of Portugal's friendly with England citing fatigue😓 after another long season, England manager👔 Roy Hodgson has expressed his disappointment😞 at the Real Madrid forward's unavailability. England are set to play Wales in Euro this season and Hodgson felt that playing Cristiano with Portugal was the perfect tune-up🔧 for countering Gareth Bale and Wales😳. "We were thinking about Gareth Bale," Hodgson said🔈 when he explained why Portugal had been chosen as opponents. "When we thought Portugal, we were thinking not only about their technical qualities and the fact they are a very good football team, but they also have a special individual"😉.
England play Wales on June 16th in Group B which also contains Slovakia and Russia👍.
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