Football Pitch

Wales squad attend homecoming party in Cardiff City stadium

First of all, the man who’s masterminded the entire campaign. Coach of the Welsh National Team. Chris Coleman, together with his coaching staff!

They’re enjoying it and quite right too. Absolutely brilliant.

Ladies and gents. [inaudible 00:00:29] Gareth Bale, Simon Church, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes.

And of course, behind every [inaudible 00:01:02] boys and girls, every Welsh fan in the world… I give you, your National Team.

Okay, before we hear from Chris…

Apparently, I dye my hair anyway, so it doesn’t matter. But, when you’ve got a team that good, there’s not much to worry about. They’ve been absolutely fantastic. And this… all this… they deserve it. They deserve them, and they deserve this. It’s fantastic.

A brilliant thing to say. Thank you. And you couldn’t…

But, it was all about us. We know… myself and my staff, we know how good our team can play. We know how good the players are and if we get it right, we can beat anybody. So, that’s how we looked at it.

You said, absolutely everybody agrees with you here, and quite right…

He’s still wearing the dragon with pride, [inaudible 00:02:17] Gareth Bale!

No. Never. We fought hard to qualify and all through the games we kept progressing, kept getting better as a team. We knew what we were capable of. Going to France, as we said, we didn’t want to make up the numbers and we went there, gave it a real go, and got ahead of the English.

Speaking of the English…

The staff here have been unbelievable, you know. They’ve helped this team on…. We started… We’ve had some really dark days as a team but, you know, with this staff, this players we’ve come on so far in such a short space of time. Yeah, I think the chemistry between the team – you can see here – is evident in the way we play. We work our socks off for each other. We attack, as well. We play with our freedom and we enjoy ourselves.

And you certainly make it a pleasure for us, Aaron. Thank you, from all of Wales. Aaron Ramsey, ladies and gentleman!

Yeah, I’ve never done that before in my life. So it was… No it was… It was an amazing feeling. We’re delighted. To take that forward, just buzzing. So, getting a lot of hassle from the boys about…

Just to, you know, don’t let your chins drop. We did this a while and be proud of what we’ve achieved over the last few years. We came in the tournament with a smile on our face and our head up, so make sure that’s how we leave.

Absolutely. You as a skipper, have seen…

I think he’s an unbelievable leader for us. You know, it’s someone we could look at, at all times. I think he inspires the boys. He relaxes us at the same time. If you ask any of the guys, you know, we’d run through a brick wall for him.

I think it’s fair to say…