Ryan Giggs claims Daniel James was 'acting' after 'knock out'

‘We did all the checks at half-time’: Ryan Giggs claims Daniel James was ‘acting’ despite TV cameras appearing to show Wales winger knocked out

  • The Wales and Manchester United winger went down after a heavy challenge
  • Medical staff rushed on to the pitch to his aid before Daniel James carried on
  • Gareth Bale scored for Wales as Ryan Giggs’ men revived their Euro 2020 hopes

Ryan Giggs has claimed Daniel James was ‘acting’ despite TV cameras appearing to show the winger knocked unconscious against Croatia on Sunday night. 

The Wales and Manchester United winger went down after a heavy challenge from two opponents and was on the floor for several minutes.

Medical staff rushed on to the pitch to his aid before James returned to his feet and carried on playing. 

The Wales and Manchester United winger went down after a heavy challenge on Sunday

Ryan Giggs’ side kept alive their Euro 2020 qualifying hopes with a 1-1 draw against Croatia

Giggs said after the 1-1 draw: ‘Daniel James went down and stayed down with a bit of acting.

‘But the medical staff went over, he was compos mentis and we did all the checks at half-time and he was fine.’

Speaking to Sky Sports, James explained he had not lost consciousness in his first-half collision with Domagoj Vida.

‘There was a few tackles flying in but you always expect it in these games,’ he said.

‘I’m fine. I think he just caught me in the head but I didn’t get knocked out fortunately.’

Giggs has claimed Daniel James was ‘acting’ despite seemingly being knocked out

Gareth Bale was Wales’ saviour again as Giggs’ side kept alive their Euro 2020 qualifying hopes with a 1-1 draw against Croatia in Cardiff.

Bale struck in first-half stoppage time – his 33rd goal extending his own Wales record – to cancel out Nikola Vlasic’s ninth-minute strike for the World Cup finalists.

The draw leaves Wales’ qualifying destiny out of their own hands heading into the final two rounds of games next month.

But wins away to Azerbaijan and at home to Hungary would be enough for a top-two spot, as long as Slovakia do not collect four points from their last two games.

Slovakia’s next game is in Croatia, and the Group E leaders will have plenty to play for as they have not booked their ticket to next summer’s European Championship.




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