Wales captain, Ashley Williams announces retirement from professional football at 36

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Wales captain, Ashley Williams has officially announced his retirement from professional football.

The 36-year-old defender retires as captain of his country, after being a free agent since leaving Bristol City in June 2020 when they opted against renewing his deal at Ashton Gate.

Wolverhampton-born Williams made more than 700 appearances for clubs throughout his playing career for Stockport County, Swansea City Everton, and Bristol City.

In a statement released via his social media channels, Williams wrote: ‘After consideration of recent offers to continue playing, I would like to announce my retirement as a professional footballer.

‘It has been an honour to play 741 games across all levels of English football leagues and to represent some incredible teams.

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‘It has been an unbelievable journey and one I will look back on with my family and be immensely proud of. 

‘Started from non-league to playing at the highest level in the Premier League, as well as representing my country on 86 occasions was beyond my wildest dreams.

‘Captaining Wales in a semi-final (of the) European Championships in 2016 was my greatest achievement and something I will never forget.

‘Football has taught me so much both on and off the field and I will take this with me into the next chapter. I look forward to still being involved in the game in the future.’ 

 Wales captain, Ashley Williams announces retirement from professional football at 36
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