Williams not ready to re­tire yet and vows to con­tinue lead­ing Wales

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Ash­ley Williams in­sists he has not con­sid­ered re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball and is pre­pared to lead Wales into the next cy­cle of com­pet­i­tive matches.

Williams turned 33 in Au­gust and man­ager Chris Cole­man called him a “bro­ken man” after Wales’ de­feat to the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land last month ended their hopes of play­ing in next sum­mer’s World Cup.

James Collins – a year older than Williams – sub­se­quently called time on his

0 Ash­ley Williams: ‘Bro­ken’. in­ter­na­tional ca­reer. But Williams says he re­mains com­mit­ted to Wales, even though he will be nearly 36 when the fi­nals of Euro 2020 are played.

“It was dev­as­tat­ing to go out of the World Cup,” said Wil- liams, who is set to win his 76th cap against France in tonight’s Paris friendly.

“But as I sit here I’m en­joy­ing the camp and as long as it stays like that I’m will­ing to give my ser­vices. As hard as that [Re­pub­lic] de­feat was to take, I’m here now and I can’t wait to be in­volved. As long as it stays like that I can’t see any­thing chang­ing any­time soon.”

Ever­ton de­fender Williams has had a dif­fi­cult sea­son for club and coun­try, hav­ing been guilty of mak­ing some high­pro­file mis­takes. But Cole­man de­fended his cap­tain last week by say­ing Williams’ “char­ac­ter” would get him through.

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