Andy King believes Wales can defy the odds like Leicester and win Euro 2016
Andy King has made history by beating the odds once already this year in Leicester’s shock Premier League title triumph.
Now he is confident he can help Wales turn that into an incredible win double by lifting the European Championship trophy on Sunday in Paris.
Midfielder King came off the bench for Chris Coleman’s side on a night of glory as they beat Belgium to reach the last four.
Now Portugal stand between them and a place in the final when the sides spearheaded by Real Madrid Galacticos Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale meet in Lyon on Wednesday.
It constitutes remarkable progress for Wales at their first major finals since 1958, after previously being ranked as low 112th in the world in 2010.
Chris Gunter, Joe Ledley, Gareth Bale and King share a joke
But King has already defied the odds as part of Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes’ squad when the 5,000-1 outsiders pulled off an astonishing maiden top-flight triumph.
King openly admitted in May he fancied another winner’s medal at Euro 2016 after linking up in the Algarve with Coleman’s squad, who were given odds of 80-1 for France.
“I said it in Portugal on our training camp and everyone kind of laughed at me,” said King, who has 35 caps.
“Everyone kind of chuckled and thought: ‘yeah OK’. But this has the same sort of feeling.
“There are a lot of similarities – we have good players, a good squad and a real togetherness and team bond.
“It was an unbelievable feeling and a great performance against Belgium. There are just two games to go now so why not?”
Wales were fantastic in Lille against Belgium as they recovered from Radja Nainggolan’s early thunderbolt to storm back and prevail in heroic fashion.
There has been growing belief in the Welsh camp in Dinard that they can go on and win the tournament ahead of facing Portugal in the semis after the draw opened up for them.
King is ready to play a major role himself with in-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey suspended.
Arsenal ace Ramsey, who has one goal and four assists in France, is ruled out after collecting a second booking.
But King has the big game experience to replace Ramsey after helping Leicester across the line in the title race, making 25 starts and 16 substitute appearances.
King, likely to be battling with Jonny Williams to replace Ramsey, added: “I am disappointed for everyone that Rambo is suspended.
Aaron Ramsey reacts after receiving a yelow card
“He has been outstanding this tournament and you want all our best players available.
“It is a massive blow but whoever the manager picks we have a strong squad here which we feel will help the team.
“We have a team ethic and whoever gets that job will hopefully take it with both hands.
“The manager knows what I am about and he knows I have played on the big stage before.
“Every game I play at the moment seems to be a pressure game like the games at the back end of the season.
“This is tournament football at the highest level and every game is a pressure game but we are relishing it.
“The manager knows I can do that job but he also has other options as well.
“It is about the team and who he picks hopefully they will do a good job and we will get through.”