WALES EURO 2016 SQUAD: Where are they now?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, UEFA took the decision to move the next European Championship tournament to 2021. So to get you hyped up (a year early), and to give you something to read whilst in isolation, here is what Wales' Euro 2016 squad are up to now!


Goalkeepers:


Wayne Hennessey - then: Crystal Palace, now: Crystal Palace

Hennessey in action for Wales against the Republic of Ireland in 2016 (image: ITV)

Wales' undisputed number one, the 6'6" shot-stopper has been at current club Crystal Palace since 2014, where he has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the Eagles.


Hennessey started his professional career at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006, and received his first cap for Wales in 2007, making his debut against New Zealand. He spent eleven years at Molineux, three of which were at youth level, making over 150 appearances with loan spells at Bristol Rovers, Stockport County and Yeovil Town in between.


Hennessey also represented Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels making 19 appearances and scoring one goal!


Wales caps: 89

Wales goals: 0


Danny Ward - then: Liverpool, now: Leicester City

A more than capable back-up to Hennessey, Danny Ward has spent most of his career as a second choice. Ward signed his first professional contract at hometown team Wrexham and spent time on loan at Tamworth.


He signed for Liverpool in 2012 and made 3 appearances for the Reds. During this time he was loaned to Morcambe, Aberdeen and Huddersfield Town, who he won promotion to the Premier League with.


Ward won his first Wales cap in 2016, making his debut in a friendly against Northern Ireland. He also represented Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels.


Wales caps: 7

Wales goals: 0


Owain Fon Williams - then: Inverness, now: Dunfermline Athletic

Fon Williams started his career at Crewe Alexandra in 2006 and spent five years at Gresty Road, joining their accademy in 2003 before joining Stockport County in 2008. He spent 3 years at Stockport making 82 appearances and spent time on loan at Bury before signing for Rochdale in 2011. His time at the Dale was brief. After being released at the end of the 2010-11 season, he signed for Tranmere Rovers, nailing down a first team place.


After four years and over 160 games played for the Whites, Fon WIlliams headed to Scotland to sign for Inverness in 2015. After four years at Inverness, and a loan spell at American side Indy Eleven he signed for Hamilton Academical in 2019. He is currently on loan at Scottish Championship side Dunfermline Athletic.


He was first called up to the senior Wales squad in 2009 but didn't make his debut until 2015 in a friendly against the Netherlands. Like Hennessey and Ward, Fon Williams represented Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels.


Wales caps: 1

Wales goals: 0


Defenders:


Ben Davies - then: Tottenham Hotspur, now: Tottenham Hotspur

Arguably one of Wales' best defensive options, Davies has been at Tottenham Hotspur since 2014 after signing from Swansea City. He appeared over 70 times for the Swans and has currently turned out for Spurs over 120 times after making his debut for the London-based club in a 0-3 defeat against Liverpool.


He made his senior debut for the national team in 2012 in a 2-1 win against Scotland. Davies also represented Wales at under-19 level.


Wales caps: 52

Wales goals: 0


Neil Taylor - then: Swansea City now: Aston Villa

Taylor playing for Wales in 2016 (image: Sky Sports)

Like fellow international Danny Ward, Taylor started his professional career at Wrexham. He played over 80 games for the Dragons before moving south to join Swansea City in 2010. He spent seven years at the Liberty Stadium as first-choice left back. He departed the Swans after the signing of Martin Olsson. He joined Aston Villa in 2017 in a deal to lure Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew to the club.


Taylor made his Wales debut in 2010 in an away friendly against Croatia. He scored his first goal and currently only goal for the national team against Russia during the Euro 2016 group stages. Taylor represented Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level. He also played one match for Wales 'C' in 2009 whilst playing for Wrexham and represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Wales caps: 43

Wales goals: 1


Chris Gunter - then: Reading, now: Reading

Wales' most capped men's footballer, Gunter started his career with Cardiff City in 2006. He spent eleven years with the Bluebirds, joining their academy in 1997 before he departed Wales' capital for England's capital, joining Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 for an estimated £2 million.


His stint in London didn't last long as after a loan spell at Nottingham Forest, he joined them permanently in 2009. After three years and over 130 appearances for Forest he joined current club Reading in 2012 and had so far clocked up over 270 appearances for the Royals.


Gunter made his Wales debut in 2007 in a 2-2 draw against New Zealand at the Racecourse. He also played for Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.


Wales caps: 96

Wales goals: 0


Ashley Williams - then: Swansea City, now: Bristol City

Williams in action for Wales in 2018 (image: Ilkley Gazzette)

Wales' reliable captain, Wolverhampton-born Williams started his career at Southern League side Hednesford Town before catching the eye of then Championship side Stockport County, signing for them in 2003.


He spent five years at Edgeley Park before signing for Swansea City, initially on loan, in 2008. Williams became a legend at the Swans and after nine years and over 230 games, Williams departed for Merseyside joining Everton in 2016. This move proved to be a bad decision as it saw a massive decline in his form.


After falling down the pecking order at Goodison, he joined Stoke City on loan. After his loan spell at the Potters came to an end, Williams signed a short-term deal with Bristol City which was later extended to the end 2019-20 season.


Williams qualifies for Wales through his Gelli-born grandfather and made his debut in 2008 in a 2-0 friendly win against Luxembourg. Williams did not represent Wales at youth level.


Wales caps: 86

Wales goals: 2


James Chester - then: West Bromwich Albion, now: Stoke City (on loan from Aston Villa)

A more than capable centre-back, Chester started his career at Manchester United in 2007. He spent 4 years in the first team at Old Trafford but spent most of his time out on loan at Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle and Carlisle United.


After failing to break through at the Red Devils, he joined Hull City in 2011. He was a mainstay in the Tigers' defence during his four years in Yorkshire and in 2015 he signed for West Bromwich Albion. Chester became unhappy at the Hawthorns and in 2016 signed for rivals Aston Villa. Chester has impressed during his time at Villa Park.


Chester admitted at the end of the 2018-19 season that a knee injury he sustained during the season would be a long-standing problem and he had to play through the pain. He joined Stoke City on loan in January 2020 for the rest of the 2019-20 season.


Chester made his Wales debut in 2014 in a friendly against the Netherlands, qualifying through his mother who was born in Rhyl. Chester did not represent Wales at youth level.


Wales caps: 35

Wales goals: 0


Jazz Richards - then: Fulham, now: Cardiff City

Richards began his career at hometown club Swansea City. He never established himself at the Liberty Stadium and after spending time on loan at Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town and Fulham, he joined the Cottagers permanently in 2015. He played 22 times for Fulham but returned to Wales in 2016 to join Cardiff City, where he spent time in the academy as a youngster,


Richards made his debut for Wales in 2012 in a 2-0 friendly loss to Mexico in New Jersey. He also represented Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.


Wales caps: 14

Wales goals: 0


James Collins - then: West Ham United, now: no club

Known as the 'Ginger Pele', Collins' career started in 2000 with Cardiff City making 86 appearances for the Bluebirds before departing for West Ham United in 2005 he appeared over 60 times for the Hammers before departing for Aston Villa in 2009.


Collins spent three years in the West Midlands playing over 100 matches, but re-joined West Ham United in 2012. He then went on to spend six more years with the Hammers playing over 150 games before being told his contract would not be renewed in 2018, a situation which he described as 'heartbreaking'. He joined Ipswich Town in 2019 after training with former side Aston Villa but only appeared six times before leaving the club.


Collins made his Wales debut in 2004 against Norway and announced his retirement from international football in 2017. He played for Wales at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level.


Wales caps: 51

Wales goals: 3


Midfielders:


Aaron Ramsey - then: Arsenal, now: Juventus

Ramsey in action for Arsenal (image: The Guardian)

One of the country's finest ever players, Rambo's career started with Cardiff City. He joined the club at youth level in 1999. He broke into the first team in 2006 at spent two years in the the team before joining Arsenal in 2008.


His eleven years at Arsenal were his most notable. Ramsey appeared over 280 times at the Emirates Stadium with loan spells at Nottingham Forest and former side Cardiff City in between. In 2019 to the dismay of many Arsenal fans, Ramsey was allowed to leave the club for free and agreed terms with Italian giants Juventus. He joined the Old Lady in July of the same year and linked up with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala.


Ramsey's senior Wales career started in 2008, when he came on in a 1-0 win against Denmark. He represented Wales at under-17 and under-21. Like Neil Taylor, Ramsay also represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Wales caps: 60

Wales goals: 16


Joe Ledley - then: Crystal Palace, now: Newcastle Jets

The man with the best beard in football, Joe Ledley started his professional career with hometown side Cardiff City in 2004. He pulled on the blue shirt over 230 times between 2004 and 2010 before moving to Scotland, joining Celtic in 2010.


Ledley enjoyed a successful spell at Celtic Park, winning the Scottish Premiership three times and after four years and over 100 games played with the Scottish giants he joined Premier League side Crystal Palace in 2014. He left Palace in 2017 and went on to play for Derby County and Charlton Athletic. After his release from Charlton, Ledley trained with League Two side Newport County alongside Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony. He was offered a contract at Rodney Parade but rejected, and moved to Australia to sign for Newcastle Jets.


Ledley's Wales career began in 2005, playing against Poland in a 2006 World Cup Qualifier match. He represented Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.


Wales caps: 77

Wales goals: 4


David Vaughan - then: Nottingham Forest, now: no club

Vaughan's career began at Crewe Alexandra in 2000. He appeared over 180 times at Gresty Road over seven years before moving to Spain, joining Real Sociedad in 2007. His time there didn't last long though as after only a season he returned to England, joining Blackpool in 2008.


He left Blackpool for Sunderland in 2011 spending three years at the Stadium of Light before joining Nottingham Forest in 2014. After over 100 games and four years with Forest, he joined rivals Notts County in 2018. He was released at the end of 2018-19 and is currently without a club.


Vaughan's Wales career started in 2003 making his debut in a 2-0 defeat to the United States. He represented Wales at under-19 and under-21 levels. Vaughan retired from international football in 2016.


Joe Allen - then: Liverpool, now: Stoke City

Allen playing for Wales against Hungary in 2019 (image: FourFourTwo)

One of Wales' most treasured players, Joe Allen's career started with Swansea City in 2007. Whilst at Swansea, he spent a short stint on loan at Wrexham. He made over 130 appearances in a Swans shirt and in 2012 left the club to sign for Liverpool.


He went on to spend four years at Anfield but found frequent first-team chances hard to come by, so left the club in 2016 to sign for Stoke City. One of the Potters' stand-out players, he has impressed during his time at the Bet365 Stadium and seems to have found his mojo!


Allen made his Wales debut in 2009 in a friendly against Estonia, coming on for Jack Collison. Allen also his country represented at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level. Alongside Taylor and Ramsey, Allen also represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Wales caps: 56

Wales goals: 2


Jonny Williams - then: Crystal Palace, now: Charlton Athletic

A footballer with clear talent but a long injury record, Jonny Williams' career started in 2014 with Crystal Palace, although a majority of his time was spent out on loan with Ipswich Town, Nottingham Forest, MK Dons, Ipswich Town for a second time and Sunderland. He only registered 55 appearances in six years with the Crystal Palace first team and signed for Charlton Athetic in 2019, where his form has been recognized. This was noted by Wales manager Ryan Giggs, who recalled Williams back to the Wales squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.


Born in Kent, qualifying for Wales though his Anglesey-born father, Williams made his Wales debut in 2013 after replacing Gareth Bale at half-time in a 2-1 win over Scotland. Williams also represented Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.


Wales caps: 21

Wales goals: 0


George Williams - then: Fulham, now: Forest Green Rovers

A player who's career hasn't quite gone to plan, Forest Green Rovers midfielder George Williams started his career at MK Dons in 2011. He spent a year with the first-team, not registering a league appearance before moving to Fulham in 2012. He spent a majority of this time out on loan at Gillingham, St Johnstone and two stints at MK Dons. He now finds himself at League Two side Forest Green Rovers.


Born in Milton Keynes qualifying for Wales thanks to his mother, Williams made his debut in 2014 coming on as a substitute for Jonny Williams in a friendly against the Netherlands. Williams has not played for Wales since 2016. He represented the country at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.


Wales caps: 7

Wales goals: 0


Andy King - then: Leicester City, now: Huddersfield Town (on loan from Leicester City)

King is currently on loan at Championship side Huddersfield Town, but has been in the first team at parent club Leicester City since 2006. He has so far played over 340 games in 14 years for the Foxes and was part of the historic 2015-16 Leicester City squad who, despite all odds, lifted the Premier League title.


King has also spent time out on loan, his first time at another club came in 2018, when he signed for Swansea City on loan. He has also been loaned out to Derby County, Rangers and current club Huddersfield Town.


King first appeared for Wales in 2009 as a last minute substitution for Ched Evans in a 1-0 win against Estonia. Born in Barnstaple, King qualifies through is grandfather who was born in Wrexham. He represented Wales at under-19 and under-21 levels.


Wales caps: 50

Wales goals: 2


Dave Edwards: then: Wolverhampton Wanderers, now: Shrewsbury Town

Edwards began his career with hometown side Shrewsbury Town in 2003 after coming through the club's academy. He made over 120 appearances for Salop during his first four years with the club before signing for Luton Town in 2007.


Edwards made 19 league appearances for Luton Town in the 2007-08 season. He moved closer to home in 2008, joining Wolverhampton Wanderers. Edwards enjoyed nine years at Molineux playing over 290 games for Wolves, but departed the club in 2017, signing for Reading for a reported £1 million. He made league 32 appearances over a two-year stint at Reading before returning to hometown club Shrewsbury Town in 2019 after twelve years away.


Qualifying for Wales through his father who was born in Welshpool, Edwards made his debut in 2007 in a 2-2 draw against the Republic of Ireland, coming on as a substitution for Carl Robinson. Edwards also represented Wales at under-21 level. He retired from Wales duty in 2017.


Wales caps: 43

Wales goals: 3


Forwards


Gareth Bale - then: Real Madrid, now: Real Madrid

Bale in action for Wales against Serbia (image: ITV)

Arguably the best footballer to come from, Gareth Bale is a man who needs no introduction.


Starting his career as a full-back, Bale made his professional debut for Southampton and only spent a season in the Saints' first team before catching the attention of Tottenham Hotspur in 2007.


His move to Tottenham would be what started his career. A move from defence to the wing would give Bale chance to show his potential which he did. After many world-class performances for Tottenham, Bale signed for European giants Real Madrid in 2013 after five years at White Heart Lane.


He has since gone on to make over 250 appearances at the Bernabéu and in that time has won one La Liga, one Copa Del Rey, one Copa Del Espana, four Champions League titles, three Super Cups and three club world cups.


Bale made his Wales debut in 2006, coming on for David Vaughan in a friendly against Trinidad and Tobago. He has gone on to become Wales' all time top scorer with 33 goals.


Wales caps: 83

Wales goals: 33

Hal Robson-Kanu - then: no club, now: West Bromwich Albion

A Welsh hero, Hal Robson-Kanu began his professional career with Reading in 2007 and spent 9 years at the Madejski Stadium, turning out over 200 times for the Royals. During his time at Reading, Robson-Kanu spent time out on loan at Southend United and Swindon Town.


Robson-Kanu left Reading at the end of the 2015-16 season, and went to Euro 2016 with Wales as a free agent, but after many good performances and THAT goal against Belgium which sent Wales into the semi-final, Robson-Kanu earned a move to then Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, where he is to this day.


Robson-Kanu made his Wales debut in 2010, coming on for Robert Earnshaw in a 2-0 loss to Croatia. He started his international career with England, representing them at under-19 and under-20 levels, but switched allegiances and joined the Wales under-21 set-up. He qualifies for Wales through his Caerphilly-born grandmother. He originally retired from international duty in 2018, but made himself available once again for selection in 2019.


Wales caps: 44

Wales goals: 5


Sam Vokes - then: Burnley, now: Stoke City

Sam Vokes began his professional career at Bournemouth in 2006, spending two years in the first team at the Vitality Stadium appearing over 60 times before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2007. During his time at Molineux he played over 50 games and spent time on loan at Leeds United, Bristol City, Sheffield United, Norwich City, Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion.


He departed Molineux permanently in 2012, joining Burnley. He spent a further seven years with the Clarets appearing over 240 times. He left the club in January 2019 and signed for Stoke City.


Vokes made his Wales debut against Northern Ireland in 2007, he also represented Wales at under-21 level. Born in Southampton, Vokes qualifies for Wales through his grandfather, who was born in Colwyn Bay.


Wales caps: 64

Wales goals: 11


Simon Church - then: MK Dons, now: Retired

Like Robson-Kanu, Church began his professional career with Reading in 2007 and went on to make over 100 appearances. During this time, Church went out on loan to Crewe Alexandra, Yeovil Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Leyton Orient and Hudderfield Town. He left Reading permanently in 2013 and signed for Charlton Athletic.


He spent two years at Charlton before moving to MK Dons. He joined Aberdeen for a short stint on loan in 2016. He joined Dutch side Roda in 2016 before moving to Scunthorpe in 2017 and finally Plymouth Argyle in 2018. Church retired in May 2018.


Church made his Wales debut in 2009 in a friendly against Estonia, he also represented Wales at under-21 level. He retired from international duty in 2017. He qualified for Wales through his grandparents who were from Newport.


David Cotterill - then: Birmingham City, now: Barry Town United

Cotterill began with Bristol City in 2004. He spent two seasons in the first team before moving to Wigan Athletic in 2008. He made 19 league appearances for Wigan before signing for Sheffield United on loan in 2008.


He then signed for Sheffield United permanently after his loan spell. He also spent two years at Bramall Lane before signing for Swansea City on loan in 2009. Like his loan spell with Sheffield United, Cotterill joined the Swans permanently in 2010. He stayed at Swansea until 2012 with a loan spell at Portsmouth in between.


He had a short stint at Barnsley in 2012 making 11 league appearances before signing for Doncaster Rovers. He stayed at Doncaster for two years before moving to Birmingham City. He spent three years at Birmingham City making over 100 appearances with a loan return to Bristol City in 2017.


Following his release from Birmingham City, Cotterill joined Indian side ATK in 2018 and made three league appearances before retiring in 2018.


In January 2020, Cotterill came out of retirement, signing for Cymru Premier side Barry Town United.


Cotterill made his Wales debut in 2005 against Azerbaijan. He has represented Wales at under-19 and under-21 levels.


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