The 26-man squad for the Wales National team has been named by Rob Page, with not too many surprises named by the 46-year old.
Here are VAVEL’s breakdown of each goalkeeper and defender heading to the Euro’s for the Welsh squad:
Wayne Hennessey (GK)
Current club: Crystal Palace
Background: Having made his national team debut way back in 2007, it’s likely that this will be Wayne Hennessey’s final Euro’s before he retires. The 6”6 shot stopper has made just five appearances shy of the desired 100, so it’s likely he’ll push himself to be Wales number one for the campaign to end his fantastic national career on a high.
Adam Davies (GK)
Current club: Stoke City
Background: Despite being born in Germany, Adam Davies has been chosen to continue representing Wales throughout the Euro’s. The 28-year old has only made two appearances for the Welsh national team so far, replacing injuries in other goalkeepers. Whilst it’s likely he’ll only be back-up, Davies has proven to be a viable option for the national team.
Danny Ward (GK)
Current club: Leicester City
Background: Having had his breakthrough season with Huddersfield Town in their rare promotion season, Ward is yet to start in the Premier League with Leicester City. Saying that, he made two appearances in the qualifiers, replacing the injured Hennessey and will likely challenge Davies for the number two spot.
Tom Lockyer (CB)
Current club: Luton Town
Background: Despite missing the back end of the Championship season with Luton Town due to ankle surgery, Tom Lockyer has found his way into the squad at the expense of the injured James Lawrence. He made his debut for the national team in 2017 in a 1-1 draw with Panama, and has found himself in an out of the squad since, but this competition could be a real opportunity to cement his position, especially as he enters the prime of his career.
Chris Mepham (CB)
Current club: AFC Bournemouth
Background: Another player who rose through the younger Welsh teams before making the step up to the senior side is AFC Bournemouth's Chris Mepham. The 23-year old has his breakthrough year with Brentford a few seasons ago, before making the step up to the Premier League with the Cherries, but his move hasn't been a delight so far, adding a relegation to his CV and losing out in the play-off semi-finals. He's made 14 caps so far, starting in the back five formation that the national team has favoured recently.
Chris Gunter (RB)
Position: Right/Left back
Current club: Charlton Athletic
Background: One of the more experienced heads travelling to the Euros, Chris Gunter is a centurion for the national team. The attacking full-back can operate on either flank, supplying cover for Connor Roberts and Neco Williams, but his main quality is his vast playing career behind him. With a number of younger full-backs currently with the Welsh, Gunter could be the one they look to for advice or guidance heading into a major tournament. After all, he made his debut way back in 2007.
Connor Roberts (RWB)
Position: Right wing-back
Current club: Swansea City
Background: A regular at both club and international level, Roberts looks likely to be a starter for Wales. Whilst him and Gunter will be challenging for the right wing-back position, if Page is to stick with his five at the back formation, Roberts can also play higher up the pitch or on the left side, which makes his versatility key. He'll be fresh from his disappointment of losing in the Championship play-off final, so the 25-year old will be determined for a successful Euros.
Joe Rodon (CB)
Current club: Tottenham Hotspur
Background: Having had a solid first season in the Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur, it is no surprise to see Joe Rodon called up for the competition. A composed defender despite being relatively young, the Welshman rose through the Swansea ranks before making his big move to Spurs, where he has supplied brilliant cover for Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez. He made his competitive debut for Wales in 2019, playing the full ninety minutes in a 2-1 win over Azerbaijan.
Rhys Norrington-Davies (LWB)
Position: Left wing-back
Current club: Sheffield United
Background: Following a strong loan spell with Stoke and Davies in the Championship, Rhys Norrington-Davies has been trusted by Page to challenge for the left wing-back spot in the Welsh national team. Having spent time in a number of Welsh side academies, including Aberystwyth Town, Bow Street and Swansea, the youngster made the switch to the Blades. He has so far enjoyed a number of loan spells at Barrow, Rochdale and Luton before shining in the Championship with Stoke. He only had his first call up to the senior international team in October 2020, making his first start in the Nations League with a win over Bulgaria.
Ben Cabango (CB)
Current club: Swansea City
Background: The lowest capped defender in the squad, Ben Cabango will likely be used a back-up option for Page. Nevertheless, he has been involved with the Welsh national youth team's since the age of 17 and made his senior debut against Finland in 2020, where he kept a clean sheet and won the game 1-0. Cabango is deserving of his call up however, having been a regular in the Swansea squad this season alongside Roberts and making 30 appearances, but like Roberts he'll be keen to put his play-off final heartbreak behind him.
Ben Davies (LB)
Current club: Tottenham Hotspur
Background: Whilst it was a worry that Ben Davies would miss the Euros after his injury and absence from Spurs and the World Cup qualifiers, the experiences defender has managed to confirm his attendance for the competition. Davies is another almost confirmed starter for Page's side, depending on fitness, having already made 58 appearances for the national team and over 150 for Premier League giants Spurs, but it's crucial that he avoids injuries, as his absence could be a major blow.
Neco Williams (RB)
Current club: Liverpool
Background: The youngest defender included in the squad, Neco Williams could be a future legend in the making for Page's side. At just the age of 20, the right-back has already picked up nine caps for the national team and is touted as a future started for the former Premier League champions Liverpool, which says a lot about the potential Williams possesses. Williams is also one of the few younger defenders to have already picked up his first goal for the national team, scoring the winning goal against Bulgaria in a 1-0 victory.