‘I want to avoid England’, Wales manager Chris Coleman tells talkSPORT

first_imgWales manager Chris Coleman has revealed he would rather avoid playing England when the Euro 2016 draw is made on Saturday.England are among the top seeds for the draw while Wales are in the bottom pot, meaning they face a tough task to qualify from the group stages.Wales are at their first European Championships and their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, where they were eliminated by Pele’s Brazil.And while Coleman is confident of making an impact in France next summer, he would prefer to face rivals England later on in the tournament, labelling the two countries being drawn together as a “distraction”.“I’m a little bit anxious to see who we are going to draw,” said Coleman.“We don’t really want to play England in the group stage because it will all be about ‘we’ve got to beat England’.“It’s not about beating England if they are in our group, it’s part of it, but it’s all about getting out of the group. That’s the main thing.“I think because England are England, and everyone wants to play England and everybody wants to beat England, it’s a distraction I think we can do without.“What happens after the group stages, of course we will take anything that comes along.“If we could be choosy, then I’d prefer it if we missed England out because I do believe it would be the old Battle of Britain, there would be so much hype surrounding it.“I would love to have a game against England at some point because we always want to play the best teams and England are one of the best teams.”last_img


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