Coleman relishing Belgium test

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The Dragons face Marc Wilmots' men on Friday, and the national team manager insists that he cannot wait to face the side ranked second in the world by governing body Fifa

Wales are relishing the prospect of facing Belgium in a crunch Euro 2016 qualifying clash, according to manager Chris Coleman.

Both sides are locked together on 11 points at the top of Group B, having each won three matches and drawn two.

The pair played out a 0-0 draw in Brussels in November, and Belgium's superior goal difference means they occupy top spot ahead of Friday's fixture in Cardiff.

Coleman, though, says that his players are exicted about the prospect of facing a side ranked second in the world.

"This is what we have always wanted," Coleman told reporters.

"The difference in this camp is the attention we have had and the interest from outside.

"It is huge, but we cannot complain because we have said for a long time we wanted to play in front of full houses against the best teams in the world - playing to do something special [qualify for a major tournament].

"Hopefully it gets bigger and bigger because with every result we get, the next game gets bigger. We are embracing it, and it is helping the squad grow and mature.

"The more times you are in those big games and you take care of the pressure, you get better for it."

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale - scorer of four goals in qualifying thus far - is in line to win his 50th cap against Belgium, and Coleman has praised the former Tottenham winger.

"It's fitting that his 50th cap comes in a top-of-the-table clash," Coleman added.

"No Wales player has ever got to 100 caps and three years ago when I came into the job there was the challenge - who is it going to be?

"It's a number but it's also proof that you've put out for your country, you had that passion and desire to turn up.

"Baley should be proud to get to 50 at his age [25] and is a great example for our young players who haven't hit the squad yet. He's definitely a shining light there."

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