Chris Coleman salutes Wales fans after celebratory Cardiff parade
The squad has captured the hearts of a nation – and many neutrals besides – with their unlikely run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and thousands gathered in the sunny streets of the capital to salute their heroes on their celebratory open-top bus parade.
Coleman said: “They’ve been outstanding. We never imagined we would get a welcome like this. It’s unbelievable.
“Cardiff Airport was incredible with people lining the road all the way into the city and it just shows how proud a nation we are.
“We have to keep marching on now and this group of people will go forward and achieve more.
“It’s our job to make sure Welsh football is never the same again. We have to show the same hunger and desire we have.
There’ll be 30,000 screaming welsh men, women and children at the stadium and it doesn’t get any better than that.
“This is what it’s all about, this is why the players work so hard to represent their country.
They knew there was a nation waiting for them. I’m so proud, they didn’t want to let their country down and they certainly didn’t.”
One notable absentee was Joe Ledley, who missed the parade as he is getting married in Ibiza, but captain Gareth Bale shared the view of his manager about Friday’s reception.
Bale said: “We’d like to say thank you to the supporters for being there through the journey. We’ll never forget it.This has been a dream for us but I think we have more to give as well.
“We were disappointed after the Portugal game but we can see what we’ve achieved as a nation and it’s great to see what it means to everyone.These are just amazing scenes, to share it with these fans is just incredible.”