Ashley Williams, the Everton defender, is all set to continue his stint as the captain of the Wales National side, under the newly appointed manager Ryan Giggs. Ashley Williams, 33, was named skipper of the Wales' side by Chris Coleman in 2012, and lead the side to their historic performance in Euro 2016.
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Announcement of the Wales' national squad
Giggs announced the Wales National squad recently for the first time after taking over the national duties from Chris Coleman. Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale were both expected to be a part of the selected 23-man squad as well. However, the former hasn't been included in the team owing to a medical procedure he needs to undergo.
Talking to the press Giggs said about Ramsey, “It's just a small medical procedure that we feel, in this window, he can get done. Hopefully he can get through tonight [Thursday] and contribute to Arsenal. Gareth [Bale] is our best player, you want him there and he is a brilliant player. He has a game at the weekend [Real Madrid v Girona] and if he comes through that, he will be on the plane. It's an important stage of the season where players and teams are going for promotion, fighting against relegation, and I want them to come away.”
Wales will go up against the host team China in one of their two games in Nanning prior to playing either Czech Republic or Uruguay thereafter.
Chris Mepham, the centre back of the Wales' under-20 international team has also been rewarded for his fine performance this season with a first time call-up into the senior country squad.
Backroom staff appointments
Giggs has also confirmed the appointment of the backroom staff, bringing on board Albert Stuivenberg, his former colleague at Manchester United. Stuivenberg has worked as a manager of Genk, the Belgian first division club, as well as the under-21 and under-17 teams of Netherlands, apart from serving as a youth coach at the Al Jazira Club and Feyenoord.
Tony Roberts, the Goalkeeping Coach and Osian Roberts, the former Assistant Manager will continue in their positions in the new management team.
Tony Strudwik, the Head of Athletic Development at Manchester United will replace Dr Ryland Morgans, and become the new Head of Performance, of the Wales side.