Coleman: France friendly is the
9 November 2017

Coleman: France friendly is the "perfect remedy" for Wales

France v Wales

International Challenge Match

  • Friday, 10 November 2017
  • Stade de France, Paris
  • Kick-off: 20:00
  • Live coverage: BBC Wales / Cymru

Wales boss Chris Coleman insists Friday’s friendly against France is the “perfect remedy” after missing out on World Cup qualification.

Coleman’s side arrived in Paris on Wednesday for the first of two international friendlies, with a home game against Panama to follow on Tuesday.

Wales have a blend of both youth and experience for Friday’s clash at the Stade de France, with the hosts set to provide a stern test.

Led by Didier Deschamps, France booked their place in Russia for the World Cup last month Coleman is relishing the prospect of taking on Les Blues.

“If there was any hangover from last month then this game is the perfect remedy,” he said. “They (France) have great players and you’d have to look at them to be one of the teams that, if they play well - and get a bit of luck like every team needs - could lift the World Cup next summer.

“It’s a tough game but we’ve faced team teams before and come through it. Friday will see two good teams coming up against each other.”

Coleman also added that he is likely to opt with experience in his starting line-up for the clash in Paris.

With six uncapped players at his disposal, the Wales boss reiterated his plans to use Tuesday’s game against Panama as an opportunity to give other players game time.

“We will need experience on Friday night,” he said. “France are a very, very good team and have a squad full of talent.

“Tuesday is a home game and will also give some players a chance to get minutes on the pitch. Friday’s team will be different to Tuesday, because it represents an opportunity to give experience to boys who need it.

“They are two different games but ones that are just as important to us.”


Meanwhile, captain Ashley Williams spoke about the disappointment of not qualifying for next summer’s World Cup, while also dismissing speculation that he may retire from international duty.

“It was devastating,” he said. “But I’m enjoying this camp and as long as it stays like that I’m willing to give my services to Wales and I can’t wait to be involved tomorrow night.

“Some of these players I’ve not played against before, they have a lot of players to choose from, but as a defender they are the types of players you want to prove yourself against.”

Williams also reiterated the players’ praise for their current manager, with the Everton man calling for Coleman to stay as Wales boss beyond his current contract.

“It’s clear the way the players and fans feel about him,” he said. “We enjoy working with him and if it was up to us we would have him stay as long as possible.

“We always enjoy the camps, we give our all for him and I think that shows in the games.”