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Rapturous Cardiff welcome for Coleman and Wales

2016-07-09 07:16:00 from:SNTV

Wales were given a rapturous welcome home at a packed Cardiff City Stadium on Friday (8th July).

SOUNDBITE: (English) Chris Coleman, Wales manager

(on his ability to avoid growing any white hair despite stresses of management):

"Apparently I dye my hair anyway so it doesn't matter. 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 (fans) deserve them (team) and they (team) deserve this lot (fans). It's fantastic.

(on their attitude at the tournament):

"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."

SOUNDBITE: (English) Gareth Bale, Wales forward

(on never wanting to 'make up the numbers' at Euro 2016):

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

SOUNDBITE: (English) Aaron Ramsey, Wales midfielder

(on giving credit to the coaching team):

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

SOUNDBITE: (English) Hal Robson-Kanu, forward

(on his goal against Belgium which featured a skillful Cruyff turn):

"Yeah, I had never done that before in my life. It was an amazing feeling. We're delighted and to take that forward, just buzzing."

SOUNDBITE: (English) Ashley Williams, Wales captain

(on what he said to players after the Portugal semi-final defeat):

"Just don't let your chins drop. We did ever so well and be proud of what we achieved over the last few years. We came into the tournament with a smile on our face and our head up, so make sure that's how we leave."

SOUNDBITE: (English) Ashley Williams, Wales captain

(on manager Chris Coleman):

"I think he's an unbelievable leader for us. He's someone that we can look at at all times. He inspires the boys and he relaxes us at the same time. If you ask any of the guys, we would run through a brick wall for him."

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