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Thursday 8 December 2016

Coleman is doing it for da

Thoughts of Wales boss Chris are with his late Dublin-born father as Belgium loom in Lille

Wales manager Chris Coleman’s father was from Dublin. Picture credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
Wales manager Chris Coleman’s father was from Dublin. Picture credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Coleman admits his one regret at Wales reaching the quarter-final of Euro 2016 is that his Dublin-born father, Paddy, is not around to see it.

Coleman senior died two years ago after his son's first campaign in charge of Wales had ended miserably and there were doubts whether Chris would continue in the job. But the former Fulham boss stayed on to lead Wales to their first major tournament for 58 years, and now they are only two games from the final itself.

"To be fair I probably helped to put him where he is now!" smiled Coleman ahead of tonight's last-eight meeting with Ireland's conquerors Belgium in Lille.

"My dad was a huge football fan and unfortunately he witnessed the first campaign. He loved football and would have loved this. He would have been ecstatic. If you manage your country it is different to managing a club.

"Your family feel it much more. Not getting a result, they feel it. They do. It is a tough one. Equally when it is going great, they are on cloud nine - and at the moment they are loving it."

Belgium take on the Welsh boosted by their outclassing of Hungary in the last round. Chelsea man Eden Hazard full of confidence. "I am hungry to perform at the same level as I did last match," Hazard says, but Belgium are missing defender Spurs Jan Vertonghen who will be out for eight weeks with an ankle injury.

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