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Coleman is demanding a repeat of Wales Euro heroics

World Cup qualifiers

By Phil Blanche

Chris Coleman wants Wales to create a new World Cup buzz after revealing that he has been on a post Euro-2016 downer.

Coleman guided Wales to their best ever performance at a major tournament this summer when his side reached the semi-finals in France after beating Northern Ireland.

But Coleman has echoed the sentiments of some of his players by saying life after the euphoria of the Euros has taken some getting used to.

"When I got home, for the two weeks after it I think my wife was expecting me to be a certain way - and I was not," said Coleman ahead of the opening 2018 World Cup qualifier at home to Moldova next Monday.

"I was on a bit of a downer. The situation is so exciting, it is exhausting but you have all that emotion.

"But when it finishes, you don't get weened off it. It is over and you are back into reality as fathers and husbands.

"It was really hard and I know a lot of the lads found that too. You miss that buzz.

"You feel like you need a rest when it is going on, but once it finishes you pine for it. It was so special, but it is gone. We have to create something new."

Coleman has had little time for relaxation since Wales were beaten by eventual European champions Portugal.

His TV presenter wife Charlotte gave birth to their second child, and Premier League Hull targeted him to fill their managerial vacancy before the Football Association of Wales rejected the Tigers' approach.

Wales are pitted against Austria, Serbia, the Republic of Ireland, Moldova and Georgia in the race for a place in Russia.

Wales are without injured pair Aaron Ramsey and Jonathan Williams for the opener in Cardiff, while goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is also a concern. Hal Robson-Kanu is unlikely to start as the striker has yet to find a new club after leaving Reading.

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