Joe Allen doesn't love the 'Welsh Pirlo' nickname 6 years ago

Joe Allen doesn't love the 'Welsh Pirlo' nickname

You'll struggle to find a Liverpool or Wales fan these days who hasn't got on board with calling Joe Allen 'The Welsh Pirlo'.

The flowing locks and deft touch have seen the former Swansea man compared to Italy's most stylish midfielder, but Allen himself isn't as much of a fan as the rest of us.

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"It's a dangerous one because I had the Welsh Xavi tag for a while and that didn't really do me too many favours so I'm trying to steer myself away from the new one, too," he told Wales Online.

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Seeing himself as more of an "Average Joe", the 26-year-old is clearly more at home with his ordinary (albeit chicken-heavy) life.

But before he can return to normality, he's got a part to play in the European Championships in France - something the Italian Pirlo doesn't have at his disposal.

The New York City FC midfielder, who starred at Euro 2012, lost out on a place in Antonio Conte's squad after the Chelsea-bound coach opted to rule out players based away from Europe.

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Allen's Wales begin their Euro 2016 campaign on Saturday against Slovakia, before meeting England and Russia in their other group games.