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2020-05-02

Wales international Neil Taylor says he'd like to take on a coaching role .

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Alongside a number of other Wales internationals, the 31-year-old is doing his A License coaching course.

The Aston Villa full-back has no plans to withdraw from playing, however, and it still has its sights set on next summer's Euro 2020.

"I think I have always had a slight eye for it (coaching)," Taylor told BBC Radio Wales.

"It is difficult, but I find it really enjoyable; it is the other side of the game that players are prepared for even earlier every year now. " I see a lot of footballers going out of the game and having so much experience and know-how to give to younger players.

"It is a massive commitment, it is like the job I do now, but with much longer hours and more stress so I understand why people don't do it."

Taylor, like Wales manager Ryan Giggs, believes that postponing Euro 2020 to next summer might work in favor of the national side.

One of the key players in Wales, Joe Allen, had been ruled out of the tournament in early March after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon.

But the delay to June 2021 means the midfielder of Stoke City and others have renewed their hopes of playing.

"It seems a long way away now but my first reaction was that I was buzzing for Joe," Taylor said.

"When he picked up that injury I was devastated, there were also a couple of lads who hadn't been playing and had picked up injuries so it may work out well for us. " We've got such a good young squad so giving them another year might benefit us, you never know.

"But for those guys who would have had a first taste of a tournament and anyone who was in form it is massively disappointing."

A regular under Giggs' predecessor Chris Coleman, Taylor has had to work harder in recent years for his place in the Wales team.

However, the former defender of Swansea City said he fully understood the decision of Giggs to leave him out.

"I've been fully understanding of what Ryan Giggs has been doing, bringing the young guys through," he said.

"When you're older in your career you still think you've got it and are perfectly good enough, and I still believe we are, but all of us guys who went to Euro 2016 got our chance under John Toshack or Gary Speed. " And the best thing about this new crop of players is they're a great set of lads, really down to earth, and really good footballers.

"They're playing at a good level which was key to our success in 2016."