‘Not the end of the journey’ for Wales, says Coleman

Date published: Sunday 19th June 2016 6:14

Chris Coleman: Says there is much more to come from Wales

Chris Coleman insists it is “not the end of the journey” for his Wales side if they are eliminated from Euro 2016 on Monday night.

Wales’ fate in France will be determined when they meet Russia in Toulouse as Group B leaders England play Slovakia in St Etienne.

Coleman’s side could still end up as group winners if they beat Russia, and England lose to Slovakia.

A point should also secure their place in the last 16, and they could even qualify as a best third-placed team if they lost and results were favourable elsewhere.

Defeat to Russia however could send them home, but Coleman doesn’t feel it would be the end of the road.

“Everybody will look at this as the be-all and end-all,” said the Wales boss.

“Whether we progress or we don’t, it’s not the end of the journey for this team. This team has got the potential to go on and on, there’s more to come from these players in the future.”

Coleman said Wales had learned from their first experience of a major tournament for 58 years, and the experience of Euro 2016 will put them in good stead ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, which starts in September.

“Nobody wants this tournament to end,” said Coleman. “This is our first taste of major tournament football, it’s amazing, it’s fantastic. It’s tough.

“Whenever it is our time to go home, the team will take so much from this.

“Playing against the best teams in Europe, to get anything you have to be at your maximum – physically, mentally, technically, tactically. Pushing yourself to the limit.

“This group can’t lose, we will go home whenever that time is with so much experience.

“Normally we are a bounce team – someone to practice against – but not any more, and it is still not over for us.”

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