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Michael Sheen goes viral with spine-tingling Wales v England speech giving viewers goosebumps

Michael Sheen goes viral this week with a spine-tingling Wales v England speech giving viewers goosebumps at what he said in the clip.

The legendary Welsh actor was on Sky TV show ‘A League Of Their Own’ when he belted out a stunning pre-match team talk for Wales’ football team ahead of their World Cup meeting with arch-rivals England.

Sheen showcased some of his own footballing talent, recreating his role as Brian Clough in The Damned United when asked to do a series of keepy-ups before hitting a volley into an empty net.

The 53-year-old was a keen footballer in his youth, having previously been offered trials at Arsenal, which he had to turn down owing to his parents being unable to relocate to London from Port Talbot. He eventually focused on acting.

But clearly still a keen follower of the game, Sheen speaking of his excitement after Wales reached the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.

A League of Their Own host Romesh Ranganathan asked Sheen if he would be able to give the audience a taste of what his pre-match speech would be to the Welsh players ahead of their clash with England, which is set to take place on the 29th of November.

Sheen gave a typically stirring performance, gripping the audience with an incredibly passionate and rousing speech, before a round of applause from the all-English panel of contestants is heard, including pundits Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards and comedians Emily Atack and Alex Brooker, as well as Premier League keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

The speech has drawn quite the reaction on social media, getting nearly a million views in the space of days.

Michael Sheen’s speech in full

Yma o hyd, yma o hyd,

I hear the voices singing,

Speed your journey, bois bach,

One nation, singing with one voice,

A song of hope, a song of courage,

A victory song that floats through the valleys, like a red mist,

Rolls over the mountain tops, like crimson thunder,

A red storm is coming to the gates of Qatar,

It crackles, with the spirit of ’58 and Jimmy Murphy’s boys,

It turns the pages of the history books,

And finds Rob’s page, waiting, still to be written,

What would you right in there, boys?

Dare you write your names on that page?

We haven’t waited 64 years and come half way around the world,

To be troubled by a neighbour from back home,

When the English coming knock on our door,

Let’s give them some sugar, boys, let’s give them some Welsh sugar,

They’ve always said we are too small, we are too slow, we are too weak, too full of fear,

But yma o hyd, you sons of Speed,

And they fall around us,

We are still here.


Wales’s fixture schedule

Times in UK (GMT)

Group B

England v Iran1pm, 21 November (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan).

United States v Wales, 7pm, 21 November (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).

England v United States, 7pm, 25 November (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor).

Wales v Iran, 10am, 25 November (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).

Wales v England, 7pm, 29 November (Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan).

Iran v United States, 7pm, 29 November (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha).

If Wales finish as runner-up in Group B:


The winner from Group A, so likely the Netherlands (over Senegal, Qatar or Ecuador).


The winner of the tie between the winner of Group C and the runners-up of Group D: Argentina could emerge to face Wales here, should they top their group as favourites – over Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland – and then eliminate one of Denmark, Australia and Tunisia.


The winner of Group E and Group G could find their way to the semi-finals to meet Wales should they get this far, which means a possible semi-final between Wales and the winner of Spain/Germany and Brazil.


A final after navigating their way through the knockout stages as runner-up could eventually see Wales play FranceBelgium or Portugal in the final.

Social media users reacted as Michael Sheen goes viral with his spine-tingling Wales v England speech giving viewers goosebumps…

@mikelowery1995: Wow… what a speech. Immensely talented man. If that didn’t move you I’m afraid you’re already dead.

@Karen_acts: He is glorious ❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

@VividRicky: Crikey, I feel half Welsh after that!

@05c4rXr4y: One minute, I’m scrolling through Twitter, the next I’m shirtless in the street with a dragon painted on my chest, two-footing anyone remotely English… What just happened?

@WHUFCUSA: @VancityReynolds sign him up for @Wrexham_AFC pre-game team talks

@WingsDiva: I don’t know what he wants me to do, but I’m doing it!

@troovus: I think that even tops Delia Smith’s “let’s be having you” speech

@lsmithdesign: I just tackled my mailbox and I don’t know why

@tkwrtrilogy: I damn near jumped on a horse and rode into battle over that.

@evanset6: I went from laughing to legit ready to win my independence🤣

@a_tunstall: My birds just told me to take the wales kit back off and sit down

@The_Lone_Apple: My cat just picked up a sword and screamed, “Let’s go!”

@sht33v: This video makes me proud to be Welsh and I’m not even remotely Welsh

@rct_smith: WOW. That sent goosebumps down my back. And I’m a proud English rugby man.

@AimeeChorley: I mean, this has made me feel like I could literally ride a dragon into the stadium to slay the keeper and let me tell you I have about as much Welsh blood and sword-fighting skills as I have dragons 🤣

@AndersFinn: Soccer/football, war, heading to Ikea on a Saturday, whatever it is, I’m in, Mr. Sheen.

@_kassielee13: I’ve never been so moved in my life. And I don’t even know who this is or what he does. Someone put this man in charge of things!

@Daviemc10: Fantastic, 100% Scottish but by God that gave me Goosebumps, come on Wales your Celtic cousins are with you 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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