Everton defender Ashley Williams has opened-up about facing fellow Blue Seamus Coleman, calling his teammate one of the best players he’s ever played with, ahead of Wales’ World Cup Qualifier clash with the Republic of Ireland.
Williams, who will come up against his Everton partner on Friday, admits that the wind-ups in training have already begun but that it’ll be no easy challenge taking Coleman on. He said:
“He’s unbelievable, one of the best players I’ve ever played with. A right back who can defend excellently but he’s also an attacking player – you see that with Everton week in week out. He’s someone we’ll need to stop as he’s a very important player.
“We’ve had a little bit of banter already over the breakfast table! Normally we’re on the same team but now we’re coming up against each other, it’ll be fun.
“He’s very professional Seamus and he’s always fully focused. It’s an important game for both of us, we both need to win.
“It’ll be a difficult game so, like he will be, I’ll be fully focused on that night.”
The interview with the defender, who signed for Ronald Koeman’s side last summer, was arranged by online betting and gaming company, Dafabet, as part of their ongoing partnership with Everton Football Club and the Welsh National Team.
Going on to discuss his captaincy, Williams said: “It’s a feeling of pride to be at the front of the line and singing the national anthem with all the fans and your family in the stands.
“We’ve had a taste of what a major tournament feels like and we all enjoyed it. Getting to the World Cup would be a major achievement – it’s something we could celebrate with our fans and hopefully take our brand of football around the world.”
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