Date: 31st March 2016 at 5:47pm
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Name: Ashley Williams
Position: Defender
Country: Wales

24 March 2016 - Friendly International - Wales v Northern Ireland - Ashley Williams of Wales - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Swansea skipper Williams has featured in all (31) of his club’s Premier League fixtures so far this campaign.

Captain of his club. Captain of his country. The skipper typically led by example over the international break after Ashley Williams played a key role in helping Wales secure a 1-1 draw against fellow Euro 2016 qualifiers Northern Ireland over the Easter period.

The 31-year-old, who is Swansea’s most capped international player, was awarded the man of the match award after his commanding performance inside the Cardiff City Stadium last Thursday.

Despite conceding the opener on the hour mark following Watford defender Craig Cathcart’s shot on the turn beat Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, Williams would have been relieved to see striker Simon Church draw the hosts level after 89 minutes from the penalty spot.

The centre-half, who now has 59 international caps for Wales, also featured for just over an hour in Chris Coleman’s side’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Ukraine in Kiev on Monday night, with Andriy Yarmolenko netting the only goal of the game in the first-half.

Fellow Swans defender Neil Taylor was on the bench for Wales’ first international friendly against Northern Ireland, but started in the loss to Ukraine earlier this week, before being replaced after 72 minutes.

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