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Proud Henley backs Wales to reach Euro finals

6 July 2016

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Adam Henley will be cheering on his Welsh colleagues from Rovers' training camp in Austria this evening when they take on Portugal in the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

The defender admits there's a tinge of disappointment that he isn't in France after being part of Chris Coleman's squad throughout the qualifying campaign, however a foot injury sustained pre-tournament sidelined the Rover and he missed out on the finals in France.

Despite this, Henley is immensely proud of his country's record breaking achievements to date, and is confident that they can continue their fine form by knocking out Portugal tonight.

"Obviously I was a little bit disappointed to not be there, but to be honest I've felt immense pride in seeing the boys being so successful," said the 22-year-old.

"I've enjoyed every minute of watching it at home, and now I'm not even thinking about the fact that I'm not involved with it because we're a squad at the end of the day and everyone has pulled through it together over the last year or so, and it is just exciting to be at this stage and to be that close.

"We are already making history, but it is constantly being rewritten."

Having finished top of their group, Wales then knocked out Northern Ireland before stunning Belgium to make the semi-final stage. In contrast, Portugal have stuttered their way to the semis after drawing all of their group games. They narrowly beat Croatia, before needing penalties to overcome Poland in the quarter-finals.

And, after shocking everyone with their run to the last four of the competition, Henley has backed the Dragons to continue their meteoric rise by reaching Sunday's final in Paris against either Germany or France.

"After the journey that they've been on in this competition you can never rule Wales out," he added.

"A lot of people are saying that Wales are probably the favourites to beat them tonight with how Portugal have been performing in the tournament. But anything can happen, it is a semi-final, there are emotions everywhere, and I'm sure the boys can pull through and put on a performance just as they did against Belgium."

Whilst watching on from the sidelines has been tough for the full back, he is using it as a positive to start the season strongly to get back into the international reckoning.

"It is a huge motivation for me personally," continued Henley. "For the country to achieve what it has this year, you just want to be a part of that next step really.

"I'm young and I've still got a great chance to break into that team and for me that is the motivation now. To really put in good performances and improve my game and put myself in good stead to be selected for the World Cup qualifiers."

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