The Scottish Mail on Sunday

No Bale, but Cole­man de­mands Wales em­u­late their Euro glory

- From Lau­rie Whitwell IN BEL­GRADE

IT IS a year to the day since Wales beat Slo­vakia at Euro 2016, be­gin­ning an ex­hil­a­rat­ing jour­ney that ended with ex­pec­ta­tions raised.

Emu­lat­ing that feat in a World Cup qual­i­fier is the chal­lenge man­ager Chris Cole­man has given his play­ers.

Ser­bia are the op­po­nents this time and reach­ing Rus­sia 2018 de­pends on a re­sult in Bel­grade.

Wales are with­out the banned Gareth Bale and Neil Tay­lor, while Hal Rob­son-Kanu and James Collins are in­jured. But Cole­man points to what hap­pened last sum­mer as a rea­son to be pos­i­tive. He said: ‘I don’t think we’re that far away. Not that I’m flip­pant about it.

‘I’m just not pan­ick­ing be­cause I think we’ve got enough to touch those right but­tons.

‘We all saw it last sum­mer. It’s so hard to get to a tour­na­ment and it’s such a fan­tas­tic place to be. But you have to go above and beyond to earn it.’ WALES (prob­a­ble) 3-4-2-1: Hen­nessey; Gunter, Ch­ester, Wil­liams; Richards, Allen, Led­ley, Davies; Lawrence, Ram­sey; Vokes.

 ??  ?? UN­POP­U­LAR: Roy Keane
UN­POP­U­LAR: Roy Keane
 ??  ?? POS­I­TIVE: Chris Cole­man
POS­I­TIVE: Chris Cole­man

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