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'We are Welsh and this is our journey' Wales players make emotional tribute to fans

Wales footballers have paid an emotional tribute to the fans who supported them throughout the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

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The players also met with manager Chris Coleman to urge him to stay on despite the failure to qualify for next year's tournament in Russia.

Coleman met senior players - including the injured Gareth Bale - at the team hotel following their 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff on Monday night.

The squad have given their unanimous support to Coleman and it is also understood that the Football Association of Wales is hoping Coleman extends his near six-year stay at the helm.

With Wales planning a November friendly - Mexico and the United States top the list of possible opponents in Cardiff - Coleman plans to holds talks with the FAW about his future in the next few weeks.

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I think everyone in Wales, fans and players, would want to see him stay on - 100 per cent.

He's been a massive part of what we've done and he is the man to hopefully take us forward.

If the powers that be can give him a really good contract and make him stay, he can carry on being the greatest Welsh manager of all time.

We've all had disappointments in football before and you get a lot more lows than highs.

That's why you need to enjoy the good times and use these defeats to move forward.

You always seem to have another chance to do something and we want to build on what's happened in this campaign.

It's not the end of Welsh football - we're not going to go away, we're here to build on what we've done.

There's young players coming through and a very nice blend in the squad.

We'll be back here having more big nights, I'm sure about that.

– Chris Gunter. Wales defender

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Other players took to social media to thank fans for their support, including Gareth Bale, who said he couldn't be "more proud of the team."

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