SAINTS defend­er Jan Bednarek wished team­mate David Brooks luck ahead of fac­ing Wales in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship play­off final, adding: “Let the best team win.”

Poland beat Esto­nia 5–1 on Thurs­day evening to set up Tues­day’s play­off final against Brooks’ Wales.

Cym­ru will host the final in Cardiff after their 4–1 win over Fin­land — a game in which Brooks scored and pro­vid­ed an assist.

The win­ner of the play­off final will progress to this sum­mer’s Euros, where they will join the Nether­lands, France and Aus­tria in Group D.

Speak­ing ahead of the game, Bednarek said: “I had a quick chat with him. I wished him good luck and let the best team win.

“I know that when we go back to Saints ahead of our next game one of us will be in good humour.  The oth­er one will be high­ly dis­ap­point­ed, but that is foot­ball and that’s how it goes.

“Wales have a lot of speed and qual­i­ty. Play­ers like David Brooks and Dan James can drib­ble real­ly well. Wales are real­ly good on the counter and they try to use that as much as they can. We know that.”

“We hope to stop them in their half with our attack­ing play. I hope that if we focus on our game we will win. We know our strengths and I believe we can win tomor­row if we use them.”

Bednarek has been under crit­i­cism after 10-man Esto­nia scored from their only shot in the play­off semi-final.

Asked about the reac­tion he has received, Bednarek said: “We won 5–1 and we are in the play­off final. I can only focus on the next game. Every­one is enti­tled to their own opin­ion.

“I can’t change the world. I am only lis­ten­ing to the opin­ions of my coach for club and coun­try. Experts can have their own opin­ions, but I can only focus on those of my friends and close ones.”