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England captain Wayne Rooney and manager Roy Hodgson have made an impassioned plea to fans to stay out of trouble ahead of Thursday’s potentially explosive Euro 2016 clash against Wales.

The violent scenes in Marseille over the weekend involving England and Russia hooligans prompted UEFA to warn both nations that they face expulsion from the tournament should further trouble occur.

The warning has prompted Rooney and Hodgson to make heartfelt pleas to fans travelling to Lens for Thursday’s clash against the Welsh, urging them to behave.

The FA hope the statements from the England manager and skipper will dissuade any fans intent in causing trouble in Lens into a rethink.

Rooney stopped short of criticising fans, but did plea for fans without tickets not to travel.

‘I’d like to thank the England fans for the great support inside the stadium against Russia and now we have a big game coming up against Wales. I’d like to ask the fans, please, if you don’t have a ticket don’t travel. And for the fans with tickets, be safe, be sensible, and continue with your great support for the players.”

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