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Chris Gunter joins Wales backroom staff for Euro 2024 qualifiers

Source: FAW

Chris Gunter, former Welsh defender, has been added to the Wales coaching staff for the Euro 2024 qualifiers in March by manager Rob Page.

Chris Gunter, who earned 109 caps in his 15-year career with the Wales national team, retired from international football on 9th March.

In March 2021, he became the first male player to reach 100 caps for Wales in a friendly against Mexico. Gunter is still an active player at the club level and is currently playing for AFC Wimbledon in League Two.

Following their disappointing performance in the 2022 World Cup, where they lost all three group matches, Wales are now preparing for their first game in the Euro 2024 qualifiers.

They will start their campaign against World Cup semi-finalists Croatia in Split on Saturday, 25th March, and then host Latvia at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday, 28th March.

The Football Association of Wales have stated that Gunter’s involvement with the senior team during this week is “seen as part of a transition into future coaching work”.

AFC Wimbledon confirmed that Gunter will be absent from their upcoming two games as they had previously agreed to let him pursue coaching opportunities with Wales. Wimbledon wished him success in his new role.

In recent times, Robert Page has strengthened his backroom staff with the recruitment of Eric Ramsay, the first-team coach of Manchester United, and Nick Davies from West Ham, both working on a part-time basis.