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Wales’ Neco Williams praised for display of ‘great courage and bravery’

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Harry Wilson has praised Neco Williams’ “courage and bravery” for playing in Wales’ World Cup opener on Monday following the death of his grandfather.Williams’ grandfather died on Sunday and the Nottingham Forest full-back shared the sad news on social media after playing in Wales’ 1-1 draw against the United States.“Yesterday was the toughest news I’ve ever had to face and that was listening to my mum tell me my grandad passed away last night,” Williams wrote on Monday night, dedicating the game and point to his late grandfather.“To go from crying all day to start in a World Cup game was extremely tough but I got through it from the support of my team-mates and family.”Wilson is particularly close to Williams, having been with him at Liverpool and Fulham.

The pair helped the Cottagers into the Premier League last season during the latter’s loan spell at Craven Cottage.“Neco showed great courage and bravery to play the game,” said Wilson.“Everybody knows to lose a family member is never easy.

For that to happen on the eve of his first ever World Cup game…and to put in a performance like that as well, I thought he was fantastic.“The lads got around him and tried to make him feel as comfortable as possible.“He had a lot of emotion after receiving the news less than 24 hours before the game, but I thought his performance was great.”Wales play Iran on Friday before concluding their group games against England on Tuesday.Joe Allen trained with the full squad on Wednesday as he seeks to be fit in time after being out for two months with hamstring damage.Kieffer Moore is likely to lead the Wales attack after his half-time introduction against the USA led to a vastly-improved second half performance and, ultimately, Gareth

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