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Gutted Wales boys must show steel, insists boss Coleman

By Mark Ogden

Published 17/06/2016

Jamie Vardy of England celebrates scoring England's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Jamie Vardy of England celebrates scoring England's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. Pic Getty
Welsh football fans celebrate at the London Welsh Centre in London on June 16, 2016 as they watch the match on television after Wales scored the opening goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens, France. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel Leal-OlivasDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Joe Hart of England dejected on the floor after conceding Wales first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Gareth Bale of Wales and Danny Rose of England compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Ledley of Wales and Daniel Sturridge of England compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
England's midfielder Adam Lallana (L) vies for the ball with Wales' midfielder Aaron Ramsey during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
England's Daniel Sturridge (right) and Wales' Joe Ledley battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (L) looks on as England's forward Harry Kane (2nd L) vies for the ball with Wales' defender Ben Davies (R) and Wales' defender Ashley Williams (2nd R) during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' midfielder Aaron Ramsey (L) and England's forward Wayne Rooney vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (L) and England's defender Danny Rose vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
England's midfielder Dele Alli (L) and Wales' forward Hal Robson-Kanu vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' midfielder Aaron Ramsey (C) vies for the ball with England's defender Gary Cahill (L), England's midfielder Eric Dier (2nd L) and England's defender Kyle Walker (R) during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Hart of England fails to stop the shot by Gareth Bale of Wales allowing the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (2nd L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (L) celebrates with Wales' defender Neil Taylor (C) and Wales' midfielder Aaron Ramsey (R) after scoring his team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Gareth Bale of Wales gestures during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Coleen Rooney (C), wife of England's forward Wayne Rooney, attends the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart fails to save the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' forward Gareth Bale celebrates with Wales' midfielder Joe Ledley. Pic Getty
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Ben Davies of Wales challenges Harry Kane of England during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
England's defender Gary Cahill vies for the ball with Wales' forward Gareth Bale (front) during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Wayne Rooney of England controls the ball under pressure of Gareth Bale of Wales during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart fails to save the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans support their team in the rain during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Hart of England fails to stop the shot by Gareth Bale of Wales allowing the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart fails to save the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates the opening goal during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates the opening goal during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
England's goalkeeper Joe Hart fails to save the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: A general view of Ray Lewington assistant of England fans during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Hart of England watches the ball in the back of the net as he fails to stop the shot by Gareth Bale of Wales allowing the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans support their team in the rain during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans celebrate after Gareth Bale scored the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (L) shoots to score his team's first goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the match with Joe Allen (bottom) during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu (left) and Joe Allen (7) battle for the ball with England's Wayne Rooney during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans celebrate after Gareth Bale scored the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans celebrate after Gareth Bale scored the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Wales' Wayne Rooney battles with England's Danny Rose during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' players celebrate after England's goalkeeper Joe Hart (front) reacts after the opening score by Wales' forward Gareth Bale (not pictured) during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
England's midfielder Eric Dier (L) vies for the ball with Wales' forward Hal Robson-Kanu during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Hart of England watches the ball in the back of the net as he fails to stop the shot by Gareth Bale of Wales allowing the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: Welsh fans celebrate after Gareth Bale scored the first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at the Cardiff Fanzone in Bute Park on June 16, 2016 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Wales' defender Chris Gunter (R) runs with the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Joe Hart of England watches the ball as Gareth Bale of Wales scores his team's first goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Wales' forward Gareth Bale shoots the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Gareth Bale of Wales scores his team's first goal from a free kick during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Wales fans celebrate the opening goal scored by Gareth Bale during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
England's players react after Wales' defender Ben Davies (2nd R) touched the ball with his hand during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' defender Neil Taylor (R) and England's defender Kyle Walker vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' Gareth Bale (right) scores his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' Gareth Bale (not pictured) scores his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Wales' defender Neil Taylor heads the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
England's defender Danny Rose (C) and Wales' midfielder Joe Ledley (2nd L) vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLETDENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images
Wales' coach Chris Coleman gestures during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Football fans react in the fans zone in Lille, France, after Wales score the first goal of the match, during their Euro 2016 clash with England. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
England's midfielder Raheem Sterling (R) and Wales' forward Hal Robson-Kanu vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
England's forward Harry Kane (L) vies for the ball with Wales' defender Ben Davies during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Gareth Bale of Wales scores his team's first goal from a free kick during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Wales' forward Gareth Bale (R) and England's midfielder Dele Alli vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 group B football match between England and Wales at the Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens on June 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Coleman described Wales' stoppage time defeat against England in Lens as 'gut-wrenching' after Daniel Sturridge's late winner left the Welsh facing a final-game decider against Russia to secure qualification from Group B.

Having taken a first-half lead through Gareth Bale's 35-yard free-kick, Wales were on course to qualify as group winners until substitutes Jamie Vardy and Sturridge completed a dramatic fightback for England.

Wales will still qualify for the knock-out stages if they secure at least a point against Russia or if England defeat Slovakia in St Etienne on Monday. But having come so close to claiming a point against England, Wales manager Coleman could not disguise his frustration after the game.

"To lose like that was gut-wrenching for us and our supporters," Coleman said. "We are gutted, absolutely devastated, but we have to show our mettle and some steel now.

"Is it one of lowest moments? I have to say yes. When you come that close to getting a result, it has to be. We came so close to keeping them at bay.

"But we have to get over it. England conceded in the last minute against Russia and got over it, so we have to get ourselves ready as quickly as we can for Russia.

"We weren't stretched too badly, so to lose in the dying seconds as we did, I can't say I have ever felt as disappointed too many times in my career."

With Hodgson's half-time changes ultimately proving the difference for England, Coleman admitted that the quality on the opposition bench was always going to be a concern for Wales.

"When you are bringing on the likes of Vardy and Sturridge and Sterling and Kane are going off, they are top players," Coleman said. "We knew that it would be tough, it was a good old fashioned derby.

"They had been on such a good run coming into this tournament, we knew they would be disappointed after a point against Russia and they would come on strong and it wasn't to be in the end.

"A point for us would have fantastic, but congratulations to Roy - he made some good substitutions and we knew they would push us back.

"Most of the time we looked quite strong and although they had a lot of possession, I wasn't that worried.

"The guys showed great heart. They stuck into the game and with 60 seconds remaining, to give up that point we worked so hard for, we are gutted but we have to move on."

Bale, whose free-kick was Wales' first goal against England since Mark Hughes scored in a 1-0 win in 1984, insisted Coleman's team can still qualify from the group.

"Obviously it is massively disappointing but I am very proud of everybody," Bale said.

"We gave everything like we always do and I have said before if we go out but have given 100 per cent then we can't do any more."

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