As one chapter comes to an end – a new chapter very quickly begins. Despite their being much debate about the future of Chris Coleman he led Wales into a friendly double header against World Cup contenders France, and hopefuls Panama. And it was time for Fresh blood.
A trip to Paris was always going to be a winner for Wales with so many great memories of Euro 2016 and it being short hop across the channel. Wales fans travelled in their droves to the French capital and it soon became red. Coleman started his strongest 11, but in the second half made a triple substitution… Woodburn, Brooks and Ampadu. Despite the loss… Wales fans were in very, very good voice and excitement continues to build around the next crop of Welsh heroes.
Then it was back to the Cardiff City Stadium with an unfamiliar line up against an unfamiliar foe. Panama have qualified for their first ever World Cup and Wales were proud to host them. With plenty of youth in the Wales starting 11 and on the bench it was always going to be a night of discovery. Lawrence bagged himself another goal, but Panama levelled late on. However, once again the conversation was all about Wales’ future stars. The next generation that can take us to that next level and a first appearance at the World Cup since Sweden in 1958.
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