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‘A special feeling’ for Gunter

10 October 2015

Defender reacts to Euros qualification

After qualifying for Euro 2016 with Wales, Royals defender Chris Gunter described the ‘unbelievable’ feat that he and teammate Hal Robson-Kanu achieved with their nation.

Wales could have sealed the deal last month, but Israel managed to force a goalless draw at the Cardiff City Stadium.  But Cyprus were 2-1 winners in Jerusalem, meaning that a place at the European Championships was sealed for Wales despite a 2-0 defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday evening.

Gunter has played every minute during this qualifying campaign as part of a defence that has conceded just four goals and kept six clean-sheets.  It is the first time that Wales have reached the finals tournament of the European Championships since the competition was founded in 1960.

“We have 65 waited years for this – and these fans have been travelling for years and years,” said Gunter.  “This means more than just a game of football – this is unbelievable.  It is a special feeling.

“We knew that we could have qualified in the Israel game last month, but we had to wait.  And we were losing here and we were trying to press for a goal.

“But there are people here that have been working here for two or three years towards this.  We’ll have a good night.”

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