Chris Coleman: Wales must learn from mistakes


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Chris Coleman insists he is not thinking about his future after Wales failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and has called on the national team to learn from their mistakes.

Wales hosted the Republic of Ireland on Monday at the Cardiff City Stadium, with the winner guaranteed a spot in the play-offs.

However, Coleman’s men were left heartbroken after West Brom wideman James McClean netted the only goal of the night to see Ireland triumph 1-0.

The Dragons have not appeared at a World Cup since 1958 and Coleman insists they must learn from their latest qualifying campaign.

Coleman said: “Defeat hurts but you learn a lot from defeat – you learn about yourself first and foremost.”

The 47-year-old, who guided Wales to Euro 2016, had previously said that this would be his last campaign in charged, however he is yet to make a final decision over his future.

Coleman added: “I’m genuinely not thinking about it. There’s a dressing room full of devastated players and staff.

“If you look at the make-up of our squad and the age of the squad – some of the young ones coming through – this is a good group of players, even better for tonight.

“The whole nation will be mourning and disappointed. Again that elusive World Cup has passed us by.”

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