Gunter: Wales squad are buzzing for the Euros

Date published: Friday 10th June 2016 4:09

Chris Gunter: Wales raring to go in France

Wales defender Chris Gunter has told the whole squad cannot wait for Euro 2016 to begin as they get ready for their opening game against Slovakia.

The Red Dragons have qualified for their first ever European Championship finals and their first major tournament in 58 years after an impressive qualifying campaign where they lost just once.

Wales have been drawn alongside Slovakia, Russia and rivals England in Group B and expectations are high of a successful tournament in France for Chris Coleman’s side.

Reading defender Chris Gunter, who is the most capped player in the current Wales squad, was an ever-present in the side that achieved qualification, admits everyone in the squad is excited about the prospect of finally playing in a tournament after missing out in previous years.

“The preparations have gone really and we have had good time training and all, but we just can’t wait to get started now,” Gunter told

“When we met up it was slightly different as there was a real buzz of excitement of what was coming up.

“Everyone was in a real good mood and looking forward to what is possible at the tournament so it is has been even more special than usual when you meet up for international duty.”

Gunter insists the squad have not set themselves any targets, but admits Leicester’s surprise success in winning the Premier League last season shows nothing is impossible in football.

“I don’t think we will sit down and put a limit on what we think we can achieve,” added Gunter.

“We will prepare for the games the same way we did the qualifiers and focus on our performances and see where that takes us.

“We are all determined to perform at the tournament as it is has been such a long time since Wales was at a major tournament.

“It has been a strange old season this season with Leicester winning the Premier League title so who knows what might happen at this tournament.

“Whatever happens we want to be able to say when we get home we played to our maximum and gave it our all.”

Gunter admits it is not just the players who are excited about the tournament with Welsh fans expected to travels in their thousands to France to cheer on their country.

The right-back has revealed his family will be among the supporters in France cheering Wales on and he says the players will feed off the passion of the Wales during their games.

“Amazing as it is for us players we know what we can give back to the fans and I am sure it will be some of the best weeks of their lives over in France supporting Wales at a major tournament,” continued Gunter.

“The fans have been counting down the days to France since we qualified and they were brilliant for us during the qualifiers.

“My family, my brother and his all mates are coming over to watch the games and it should be a fantastic time for all Wales fans.

“The Welsh fans are some of the passionate about and I am sure we will feed off that when we are playing in front of them.”

Wales were handed a major boost heading into the tournament with Chris Coleman ending speculation over his future by signing a new deal to take him through to the 2018 World Cup and Gunter admits Coleman has played the biggest role in leading Wales to Euro 2016.

“It was great news that the manager signed a new deal just before we got together,” noted Gunter.

“To have his future sorted out before the tournament started was brilliant for us as players as he leads us every single day.

“He deserved the new deal and he has done a great job for Wales.

“More than any player in the squad it is the manager who played the biggest role in getting us to the tournament and now we want to go out there and do him and country proud.”

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