Welsh qualification is credit to Chris Coleman says 75 times capped Dean Saunders, who also lauds Gareth Bale

Despair for Wales' Dean Saunders as his side go down 3-0 to Brazil tonight, Tuesday 23rd May 2000 at the Millenium Stadium Cardiff. PA Photo : David Jones *EDI*
Despair for Wales' Dean Saunders as his side go down 3-0 to Brazil tonight, Tuesday 23rd May 2000 at the Millenium Stadium Cardiff. PA Photo : David Jones *EDI*

Dean Saunders has paid tribute to Chris Coleman, after his former team-mate led the Welsh internation side to Euro 2016 qualification.

Saunders, capped 75 times by Wales, said Coleman had taken on a tough job and made his own mark on the side.

“I’m really pleased,” said the Spireites manager.

“Obviously it’s been a long time since we qualified.

“Chris Coleman has done a great job, a difficult job taking over from Gary Speed after what happened.

“He’s done it his own way, played a back five and we’ve hardly let any goals in which is unheard of. I think we let four in the whole campaign.”

Another key reason behind Wales’ qualification for their first major tournament since 1958 was the form of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, said Saunders.

“We’ve got Gareth Bale.

“There’s been 10 goals scored and he’s scored eight and made two, something like that. He’s a massive player.

“Aaron Ramsey is a good player.

“With those two in your team, if you keep the ball out of your net, you’ve got a chance.”

Saunders scored 22 international goals for Wales, and is likely to be replaced by Bale as the country’s fourth leading goalscorer of all time.

Bale has 19 to his credit so far in his career, putting him fifth in the Welsh goalscoring list.

Ian Rush holds the Welsh record of 28 international goals.