Wales boss Coleman ‘would love’ England friendly

Date published: Sunday 15th November 2015 10:50

Chris Coleman wants to avoid England at Euro 2016, but is hoping Wales can play England in a friendly before next summer’s tournament.

Wales could meet England in France next summer as Coleman’s side will be among the bottom seeds in the Paris draw on December 12 and the Three Lions are in the top pot.

Manager Coleman prefers to meet another top seed in their Euro 2016 group but says he would be happy to meet England before the tournament.

“We know we will be drawn against one of the top teams and England are one of the top teams,” Coleman said after Wales had lost their opening pre-Euro 2016 friendly to Holland 3-2 in Cardiff.

“It is our first major tournament for a while and we could maybe play England in a friendly somewhere down the line.

“We would absolutely love to do that because everyone wants to play England in the same way they want to play top sides like Germany and Spain.

“That would not be a problem at all. But in the tournament itself it would be viewed as a battle of Britain and there would be a lot of things that go with it that could make it a distraction.

“We will play three games and we don’t want it to all be about one of them.”

Wales’ next friendly will be in March and the ramifications of the Euro 2016 draw will be considered before a list of suitable opponents is drawn up.

By that time Coleman’s contract situation should be a lot clearer.

The 45-year-old former Fulham and Real Sociedad boss is contracted until the end of the European Championship and he has already spoken about his ambition to lead Wales in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

But he said: “I have not spoken to anyone regarding my contract.

“We have a lot of work to do before the finals, it is an eye-opener how much stuff there is to do off the pitch.

“We do not want my contract situation to drag on, you cannot leave it until after the Euros.

“We have World Cup qualifiers and the FAW need to know.

“It would be odd to go there if I was not carrying on, but we have all been happy with the last couple of years and I would hope that will carry on for the World Cup campaign.

“We have good young players to work with and improve.

“If I felt this team that has qualified was coming to the end of its cycle it would be different, but it is not. If everything is right, of course I want to stay on.”

However, Coleman, who has coached in Spain and Greece, admits he would like to work overseas again sometime in the future.

“When my time is up with Wales I would like another crack abroad,” Coleman said.

“It is a different experience and it really improved me.

“My dream is to manage in the Champions League and realistically I am not going to get a top-four job in this country.

“I might get that chance somewhere else, but it would have to be a league where I would have a chance to compete.

“But I hope that will be something after the World Cup campaign, because by then I will have had six years at it.”

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