"Qualifying for Euro 2016 was a major achievement for Wales and Northern Ireland, who ended absences of 58 and 30 years from major tournaments by doing so.
"They meet at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight in a warm-up match for this summer's tournament, and the prospect of taking on Europe's elite is tantalisingly close.
"The Football Association of Wales is fanning the flames of excitement by giving away official Euro 2016 sticker albums with the first 3,000 match programmes sold outside the ground.
"I got two Claudio Marchisio stickers in my first pack. Swapsies, anyone?"