Neco Williams highlights importance of development ahead of EURO 2020
Welshman Neco Williams has expressed the importance of EURO 2020 this summer for his development.
Williams, 20, made his international debut in a 1-0 win over Finland in September and has impressed ever since.
After a rapid build-up, the Liverpool defender believes Euro 2020 could be a huge milestone in his career.
“It’s a big summer ahead. It is a huge achievement. As a child, you always dream of playing in one of the biggest tournaments in the world. For me, making this dream come true and getting a place in the team is a dream come true.
“For me, I have to keep improving as a player every day and try to have as much playing time as possible and believe in myself.
“If it all came together, I thought I would have a good chance of making a place for myself on the team.”
Despite being a key part of the Welsh squad, Williams has found opportunities at Liverpool difficult to seize this season.
The defender has only made 14 appearances for Jürgen Klopp’s side this season, three more than the previous campaign.
However, Williams pointed out that his hard work off the pitch has seen him enter the Euros in positive condition.
“If you haven’t played football so much, you need to take care of your body by doing more in training, coming on your days off and running more.
” That’s exactly what I did. You can’t just rely on your club to try and get back in shape if you don’t play football on a regular basis.
“I knew I had a good chance of making a place for myself in the team and if I wanted to improve my physical condition to the highest level, I had to do the extras.
“I needed to run after practice or games and that’s what I do. I hope my fitness is not too bad.
“I’m going to play with everything I have, give 110% and play with confidence because if we do it as a team with the talent and the desire that we have, we will be looking to progress as far as possible.”
Wales’ Euro 2020 campaign to start with a tough test against Switzerland, currently ranked 13e in the world.
The match will see Williams face off against Liverpool teammate Xherdan Shaqiri, who will be a potential danger for Wales.
Williams admitted the winger might have a point to prove this summer, having struggled for playing time at Anfield.
“Maybe. I can’t speak for him, but for any player you don’t really think about what you did for the club last season.
“The main goal is to do the best you can with the Euros and give everything you have. I’m sure every player will.
“It depends on your focus, your desire and what you want to do. With the talent and the conviction that we have, our goal is to go as far as we can. “
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