Wales seeking French cure

09 November 2017 13:50:12 EST

Chris Coleman says Wales are still hurting from last month's defeat against the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff that denied them a World Cup play-off place.

Coleman says his side must attempt to get rid of any hangover from the Irish defeat when they face France in a friendly in Paris on Friday.

Coleman's own future with the Welsh team appears to be no clearer and he says it has been hard to deal with the finality of losing 1-0 to Martin O'Neill's at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales went into the final qualifier knowing victory would guarantee them a playoff for a place in Russia next summer.

It was absolute devastation losing that last game.

Chris Coleman

Instead, they were stunned by James McClean's second half goal as the Irish executed their game-plan to perfection. O'Neill and his side will face Denmark over two legs for a World Cup berth and, according to Coleman, Wales will be smarting as they look on.

"If there was any type of a hangover, this [facing France] is the perfect remedy for it," said Coleman.

"It was absolute devastation losing that last game and the problem we had with it was that we couldn't make up for it, it was done. It was harsh for us.

"We're looking at other international teams playing in the play-offs where we wanted to be so, of course, we're jealous of that. There's no talk among us about didn't we do well to only lose one game in 10. All we think about is disappointment, not reaching our goal.

"We're still hurting. That hurt will last a long time I would imagine."

Wales are 16/1 to beat France on Friday evening. Les Bleus are 1/4 while the draw is 5/1.

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