MX23RW : Sunday, December 15 10:52:34| >> :600:2919128:2919128:

Ashley Williams: 'I am playing well and want to play for Wales'

Ashley Williams: 'I am playing well and want to play for Wales'
© Reuters
The 35-year-old defender is his country's fourth most-capped player with 86 appearances.

Ashley Williams insists he has a big part to play in helping Wales reach next summer's European Championship.

Williams remains Wales' captain and is his country's fourth most capped player with 86 appearances.

But he 35-year-old has started only one of Wales' six Euro 2020 qualifiers, with Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon and Tom Lockyer seemingly above him in the pecking order of central defenders.

Swansea starlet Rodon will miss the decisive qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Hungary after undergoing ankle surgery, while Mepham has not seen first-team action at Bournemouth since September 25.

Joe Rodon has undergone surgery
Joe Rodon has undergone surgery (Tim Goode/PA)

Williams, released by Everton last summer, began the season without a club, but he joined Bristol City in August and has been an influential figure in their rise into the Sky Bet Championship play-off places.

The Robins have lost only once in Williams' 10 games and the veteran boosted hopes of a Wales recall in Azerbaijan by shutting out Cardiff in Bristol City's 1-0 Severnside derby win on Sunday.

"I'm just doing what I'm doing and the main thing for me is that I'm playing at Bristol and playing well," Williams told the PA news agency at a McDonald's Fun Football Session in Cardiff.

"That's my main focus and then it's on the gaffer (Ryan Giggs) whatever teams he picks.

"I was disappointed not to play against Slovakia and Croatia (last month), but my form is good. If I feel like I should play then the manager will know that.

"Of course it's down to him whether I play or not and that's fine. It's not a big situation.

"But he knows that I am playing well and want to play."

Williams says he will consider his international future at the end of the Euro 2020 campaign.

He hopes to be part of an exciting chapter in Welsh football before that, with Giggs' side needing to win their final two games to keep alive automatic qualification hopes.

Even if they drop points – or Slovakia deny them by winning their final two games, one of which is away to group leaders Croatia – Wales should make the Euro 2020 play-offs in March.

"When I look back on my Wales career these are the camps and the games that are special," Williams said.

"The Hungary game in Cardiff will be incredible if we can win in Azerbaijan.

"I hope I'm wrong, but you can almost guarantee that the Azerbaijan game is not going to be a pretty affair.

"I remember going there many years ago when we won 1-0 with a Dave Edwards goal. It's a tricky place to get to with a long flight and it wasn't much fun.

"But that's the challenge of international football and hopefully we've got enough experience in the squad to manage a situation like that."

Gareth Bale has handed Wales a fitness boost
Gareth Bale has handed Wales a fitness boost (Nigel French/PA)

Wales were boosted on Monday as Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale trained with the rest of the squad.

Bale has not played since suffering a calf injury during Wales' 1-1 draw against Croatia on October 13, continuing his rehabilitation away from the main Real group in recent weeks.

Williams, Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Manchester United winger Daniel James missed training after being involved for their clubs on Sunday.

:: Ashley Williams was speaking at one of McDonald's Fun Football Sessions, which introduces kids to the game for their first time. Sign up today and start your child's football journey – mcdonalds.co.uk/funfootball

body check tags ::

Click here for more stories about Ashley Williams

Click here for more stories about Wales

Share this article now:
Instagram - Follow Sports Mole
Gareth Bale trains with the Wales squad on November 11, 2019
Read Next:
Gareth Bales trains with Wales squad
>
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

Premier League
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Ukrainian Premier League
Danish Superliga
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Australian A-League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Premier League 2 - Div 2
Women's Super League
European Champions Cup
NFL
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool17161042142849
2Leicester CityLeicester17123240112939
3Manchester CityMan City16102444192532
4Chelsea179263125629
5Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd176742116525
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd166642519624
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves165922319424
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs166553023723
9Arsenal165742424022
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle176471724-722
12Burnley176382229-721
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
14Bournemouth175481924-519
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham175481928-919
16Everton165291928-917
17Aston Villa1743102330-715
18Southampton1743101836-1815
19Norwich CityNorwich1733111835-1712
20Watford171610932-239

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!