Chris Coleman savoured the best moment of his career as Wales emphatically defeated Russia to finish top of Group B and set up a last 16-tie in Paris on Saturday.
Roy Hodgson did not really want to leave the pitch at the end here. He paused and looked around the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. He waved vaguely at the emptying stands. He strode across to shake Joe Hart’s hand as England’s last player left the pitch. In the end there was nothing left to do. Hodgson walked off, quite slowly.
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Chris Coleman raised his brows, big dark eyes wide, and blew out his cheeks as if he could not quite believe this, then immediately looked at his watch.
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“Don’t take me home, please don’t take me home,” sang the Wales supporters on an evening when there was never any danger that Chris Coleman’s players would do anything other than prolong their stay in France. Inspired by Gareth Bale, Wales were irrepressible as they subjected Russia to a humiliating defeat and secured their place in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 as group winners.
Roy Keane had a piece of advice and, this being Roy Keane, it came with more than a hint of menace. Should the Republic of Ireland team know when and how to stop the game, the assistant manager was asked in advance of his country’s final and decisive Euro 2016 Group E tie against Italy on Wednesday.
The disappointment was obvious at the final whistle and there can be no doubt Roy Hodgson may ultimately regret making so many changes, the risk-taking that accompanied his choice of personnel and the unmistakable sense of an England side, once again, making life unnecessarily difficult for themselves.
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