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Coleman: Wales Have Earned Golden Era Tag

Ahead of an important World Cup qualifying match with the Republic of Ireland, Chris Coleman says Wales have earned the right to be called the Golden Generation.

A win will secure a playoff spot for Wales and could earn them a spot in Russia if results between Serbia and Georgia go their way.

Wales have not qualified for the World Cup since 1958, but have made history in the last two years, qualifying for the Euro 2016 and making it to the semifinal, and Coleman says they have earned the tag bestowed on them.

“I fought against it when they were labelled the ‘golden bunch’ before we qualified for the Euros but now they’ve earned it. This is a golden era,” he said, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph.

“[This game] is as big as anything we’ve been involved in.

“Dare to dream? I meant every word of that. I say that because I’ve seen the other side. That’s why I don’t have any fear. We look forward to these games because I’ve been in positions where I didn’t know if I’d still be in a job if I’d lost that next game. To be sat here now is an absolute joy.

“If you could bottle the feeling for football the nation had three years ago and compare it to now, it is night and day. It’s an event now in Wales when the team plays. The excitement is incredible.

“Two years ago, a game like this would have been brand new. I don’t want to sound flippant but we’ve been sat here before with these big games and we’ve got that experience.”

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