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Euro 2016: Wales team departs with Cardiff send-off

The Welsh team boards the plane

Wales' football team has departed the country as their Euro 2016 preparations reach a climax.

The side's appearance in France will be its first at a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

Players and coaches left their base at the Vale Resort, Vale of Glamorgan, on Saturday and headed to Cardiff Airport.

After a send-off from pupils from Ysgol Treganna, Cardiff, the team took off for a friendly in Sweden on Sunday.

They will then head to France ahead of the team's first game of the tournament against Slovakia on 11 June.

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Media captionPupils from Cardiff's Ysgol Treganna give a rousing send-off to the Wales team as they depart from Cardiff Airport.
Image caption Gareth Bale stopped for a selfie with a fan as he arrived at the airport
Image caption Pupils from Ysgol Treganna wait for the Wales team to arrive
Image caption Joe Ledley and James Collins are mobbed by fans
Image caption The Wales team plane took off under two fire engine water canons

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