Date:Friday October 10 2008
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez told Vital Swansea that he believes that the involvement of Owain Tudur Jones and Ashley Williams in the Welsh national team will have a positive impact on both players and the club.
Since his arrival back in March on loan from Stockport County Williams has seen his stock rise . Signing on for the Liberty Stadium outfit for a fee around £400,000 from the Edgeley Park club on a permanent deal in the summer the 24 year old has adapted well to the rigours of the Championship and has become an integral part of John Toshack's Welsh squad.
Making his full début against Luxembourg just days before his loan move to Swansea City the Tamworth born defender who qualifies to play for Wales through his grandfather has made a further 4 appearances for the Dragons, including caps against The Netherlands and Russia. His rise in the national set up has not gone unnoticed by many supporters and Martinez thinks that experiences gained against top flight players will have a knock on effect at club level.
Whilst Williams has made an instant impact on the international stage one Swansea player has also earned call ups to the Welsh full senior side. Midfielder Owain Tudur Jones made his international bow against Luxembourg along with Williams but has found opportunities limited with only one other cap to his name, a 31 minute run out against Iceland at Laugardalsvollur Iceland's national stadium in the capital Reykjavík on the 28th May.
Despite this Martinez is adamant that the duo will go into the qualification games against Lichtenstein tomorrow afternoon at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and a daunting test against Germany in Monchengladbach next week brimming with confidence and with a winning mentality.
Martinez Told Vital Swansea:
|'It goes hand in hand that they can do good at international level and benefit the players at club level. If they do well at club level and perform in a very difficult league as the championship they are going to go into the welsh set up with a lot of confidence and a winning mentality, and in that respect we are going to see two players (Ashley Williams and Owain Tudur Jones) develop on a daily basis and show it at an international level, which is good for Swansea City and everyone involved.'|
Date:Friday October 10 2008
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