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1 Wales attracted a total audience of around two million for Euro 2016 – 70% of the total population of people aged four or more in the country.

2 Chris Coleman is set to be offered the freedom of his home city Swansea, following Wales’ incredible performance at Euro 2016.

3 Following Wales’ march to the semi-finals in France, Wales moved to 11th in the FIFA World Rankings, rising a remarkable 15 places and leap-frogging England. Their highest ever place was eighth, last October.

4 Wales’ achievements were honoured by UEFA, who named both Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey in their Team of the Tournament. Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was on the 13-man panel who selected the team.

5 Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal against Belgium in the quarter-finals was ranked as the second best goal of the tournament by UEFA. Xherdan Shaqiri’s goal for Switzerland against Poland, in the round of 16, was voted the best.

6 Aaron Ramsey was equal top at the tournament for assists, laying on no fewer than four of Wales’ goals. Only Belgium’s Eden Hazard matched that figure.

7 And Gareth Bale had the third-highest number of goal attempts, with 25, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (46) and Antoine Griezmann (26).

8 When Gareth Bale scored for Wales against Slovakia he became the first British player to score from a direct free kick in a European Championship finals game.

9 Bale is now just six goals behind all-time Wales record scorer, with 22 in 10 years as an international. One more would bring him level with joint-second placed Ivor Allchurch and Trevor Ford, while he needs six to equal Ian Rush’s 28-goal haul, scored over a 16-year period.

10 Gary Speed scored his first two Wales goals against Moldova. Speed, who later managed his country, netted his first goal in the 3-2 defeat in Chisinau in 1994. And in the return he also scored, netting the winner in a 1-0 victory in Cardiff. Nathan Blake’s first of four Welsh goals also came in the defeat in Moldova.

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