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27th Sep 2022

Michael Sheen delivers rapturous rallying cry in front of the Wales squad

Jack Peat

Wales will head to the World Cup for just the second time ever in November

Michael Sheen gave the Wales squad the best send-off they could have wished for ahead of the World Cup in Qatar this winter.

The actor called in on the players at their Vale of Glamorgan training base as they capped off their Nations League fixtures.

Earlier this month Sheen’s impromptu speech on A League of Their Own went viral after he was asked by host Romesh Ranganathan to deliver a hypothetical pre-match team talk to Wales players ahead of their World Cup encounter with England.

The speech, brimming with passion and delivered with gusto, sent shivers down the spines of every Welsh man, woman and child in the land, as well as many people from elsewhere.

Wales boss Rob Page admitted that when he first watched the initial speech from A League of Their Own, it made him “well up” and he wanted to get Sheen into camp as soon as possible.

And on Monday morning, just hours after Wales were defeated by Poland at Cardiff City Stadium in the Nations League, Sheen entered the camp to deliver yet another spine-tingling new speech.

Port Talbot-born Sheen, an acting icon known for his work in The Queen, The Damned United, Twilight, Frost/Nixon and much, much more, was presented with a Wales jersey, with his name and the number 22 on the back, before he addressed the squad.

“When I did the speech on A League of Their Own, it was specifically for the England game,” Sheen began. “But I couldn’t come and see you and not give you something to go with.

“My song is the words I speak. So I will try and customise what I did before and give you something to take with you.”

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