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Wales prepare to face France in Stade de France friendly

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 01:50

Wales' coach says his side is still ''hurting'' after missing out on the World Cup but he hoped Wales would regain momentum in their friendly against France

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SHOWS: SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 9, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF WALES SOCCER TEAM JOGGING AROUND STADIUM 2. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WALES COACH, CHRIS COLEMAN, SAYING: "We're still hurting, and that hurt will last a long time I would imagine. It doesn't mean, running parallel with that, that we can't concentrate and focus, regroup and regain some momentum. And that starts obviously tomorrow, there's always something on a game when you're playing for your country. There's no such thing as a friendly. The only thing that's missing tomorrow night will be the points. But in terms of performance and pride and passion, that'll never change when you're representing your country." 4. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS 5. FRANCE SOCCER TEAM, INCLUDING PLAYERS OLIVIER GIROUD AND BLAISE MATUIDI TRAINING 6. FRANCE TEAM, INCLUDING FORWARD KYLIAN MBAPPE, TRAINING 7. FRANCE COACH, DIDER DESCHAMPS, ARRIVING AT NEWS BRIEFING 8. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRANCE COACH, DIDIER DESCHAMPS, SAYING: "France's team is respected, there are some countries who are ahead of us in terms of experience, such as Brazil, Germany and Spain. But France is competitive, and it's so through its clubs - you mentioned PSG of course, because it's the leading club and it's started the season really well, whether it's nationally or internationally through the Champions League. So yes, things are going rather well (for soccer in France.)" 9. DESCHAMPS DURING TRAINING SESSION STORY: Wales take on France in an international friendly at the Stade de France on Friday (November 10). Chris Coleman's team were denied their chance to secure their place in the playoffs for the World Cup in Russia by Ireland in October. His contract expires at the end of the month after the friendly with France and another against Panama four days later. The 47-year-old coach, who led the team to Euro 2016 semi-finals, said the team were still "hurting" but he hoped Wales would regain momentum against France. Wales will feature at the China Cup next March, and Coleman said he would "pick the strongest" team he could, injuries permitting. France booked their place at next year's World Cup by beating Belarus 2-1 and qualifying first in their group. Coach Didier Deschamps, whose side finished the World Cup qualifying campaign with just one defeat in 10 games, recently signed a new contract to stay on until 2020. He told a news briefing that things were going "rather well" for soccer in France. The 49-year-old guided France to the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals before finishing runners-up to Portugal at Euro 2016.

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Wales prepare to face France in Stade de France friendly

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 01:50