Chris Coleman will 'make his own mind up on Wales future'

Wales thank the fans after their Euro 2016 semi-final defeat to Portugal

After Chris Coleman guided his side to European Championship semi-finals in 2016, World Cup qualification would have been expected but now they will have to deal with a number of friendlies over the coming months against sides who have already secured their ticket to Russian Federation in 2018.

He also heaped praise on Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill for his efforts and hopes they can progress to the World Cup finals.

'He's been a massive part of what we have done and he is the man to hopefully take us forward.

A group of the more experienced members of the Wales squad held a meeting with Coleman immediately after the defeat to Ireland to express their wish that he stays in the post he has occupied since January 2012.

Bale is known to be a fan of Coleman and echoed Roberts' sentiments when asked about his national team boss at the start of June.

What he has done for Welsh football has been incredible.

"Of course we want him to stay", he told reporters.

"He couldn't have taken on the job at a more hard time and what we've collectively achieved since then has been unbelievable".

He was the undisputed figurehead of Wales's successful qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 and then starred with three goals as Chris Coleman's side confounded every expectation by reaching the semi-finals in France.

This has led to reports that Coleman may step down as manager but Gunter has said that he should stay and help them to qualify for Euro 2020.

"He's taken that opportunity and created history, and I'm sure he doesn't want that to end".

"When the dust settles, we'll see where we're going".

"This was our first defeat at home for four years".

But Roberts insists the future of Welsh football remains bright despite their World Cup exit.

"It's done, it hurts, it's hard - we have a dressing room of devastated players and a nation mourning".



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