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Did you know - Wales vs Panama
DID YOU KNOW?
1) The Panama fixture will be Chris Coleman’s 50th match in charge of Wales.
2) Chris Gunter will become Wales’ joint-second highest capped player if he features against France and Panama. The Reading full-back, yet to score for his country, has made 83 appearances and is just two behind Gary Speed.
3) The Republic of Ireland defeat was Wales’ first in 11 competitive matches on home soil. It also brought the nation’s nine-game unbeaten run to an end – their longest sequence without defeat under Coleman.
4) Wales have slipped a place to 14th in the FIFA World Rankings. They are 35 positions higher than Panama, who have moved up 11 places to 49th after qualifying for Russia 2018.
4) Panama coach Hernan Dario Gomez has now steered three separate countries to the World Cup. After guiding his native Columbia to France 1998, he oversaw Ecuador’s first-ever qualification four years later, to Korea/Japan 2002.
5) Wales have been placed in League B for the new UEFA Nations League. Having been edged out of a League A slot by the Netherlands, Wales are joined in the second tier by Austria, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Turkey.