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Neco Williams reveals training on days off prepares him for Wales duty

Neco Williams explained that extra training on his days off at Liverpool is key to improving his match condition for the European Championship finals.

The 20-year-old has started Wales' last three games, including Saturday's stalemate against Albania, but has appeared in only three starts and three substitutes in the league. Jürgen Klopp's league last season.

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Williams is one of the few players to arrive at camp in less than normal game time, but the defender, who looked ready to start Wales' Group A opening match against Switzerland on Saturday, said boosting the workload at Liverpool with individual sessions helped.

“If you haven't played a lot of football, you have to do extra in training, come to your holidays and take care of your body. more running,” Williams said. “This is exactly what I did. If you don't play regular football, you can't just rely on your club to get your fitness.

“I knew I had a great chance to earn a spot on the team and if I wanted to maximize my Condition, I had to do extras. I had to do runs after practice or games.”

The minutes given to Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies and Joe Allen in their preparation for the Euro were carefully managed by 2020 reserve manager Robert Page and the trio who took part in both friendlies last week. Ramsey played an hour in his first game in Wales since October.

Davies said he feared he might miss the tournament due to a calf tear, but was ready to start against Switzerland once he arrived.

“There were definitely concerns as time went on,” the defender said, referring to an injury that would have kept him off the field for three months. “It was nice to have the minutes under my belt. I feel good and I feel ready.

“You could say some players didn't play enough games, but if we look at last season and the number of games going on this year, we're coming. I'll take it with some freshness."

Davies is one of eight people from the Wales squad to reach the semi-finals five years ago and is determined to match it. succeed this time. "I think it's been a long time since we've all been on the field together with all the kids from 2020 due to injuries and other circumstances," he said.

“This base and everyone is in shape and when good young players come in, there is no reason why we can't reach the same levels.”

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