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Uefa Nations League: Denmark v Wales(Sun)

Uefa Nations League: Denmark v Wales(Sun)

Ashley Williams is Wales' fourth-most capped player with 80 caps, 12 behind first-placed Neville Southall
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Wales manager Ryan Giggs has named Gareth Bale as captain to face Denmark with defender Ashley Williams rested.Williams, Wales' captain since 2012, has travelled to Denmark as captain but has been left out of the squad.The hosts welcome back the entire squad after a dispute with the Danish Football Association (DBU) saw them all miss Wednesday's defeat to Slovakia.
Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel are just two of the players now available.Both sides have fully-fit squads to choose from in Sunday's encounter.Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn, currently on loan at Sheffield United, takes Williams' place in Wales' 23-man squad.
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MATCH PREVIEW
Wales will be aiming to continue their impressive start to their first Nations League campaign when they visit a Denmark side beset with off-field problems.In Ryan Giggs' first competitive match in charge, a young and adventurous Welsh side produced a brilliant display of free-flowing, attractive football to beat the Republic of Ireland 4-1 on Thursday.It will be difficult for Giggs to make many changes to his side after such a confident and complete performance but, with a fully-fit squad at his disposal and several senior players pushing for recalls, he has some welcome selection issues to contemplate. For Denmark, meanwhile, it will be something of a return to normality after a chaotic week.A dispute over commercial rights led first-team players to boycott Wednesday's friendly in Slovakia, which meant the Danes were forced to field a starting 11 which included a salesman, a student and an internet star for the 3-0 defeat.Now, however, those differences have been resolved and they are back as part of a full-strength squad.Manager Age Hareide says there will be "no excuses" for their opening Nations League fixture against Wales, a sentiment shared by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel."For us it's about winning the game and playing well and then I'm sure everyone will get behind us," said Schmeichel."Everyone understands it's been a difficult week, so this is just life sometimes. For us, it's just about getting on with it now. "We had a training session yesterday, which was good, and we'll be ready."
WHAT THEY SAY
Denmark captain Simon Kjaer:"I have never had any [lack of] motivation for the national team. It's always the same. It's the same task as it was for the World Cup."I don't think we have to prove ourselves in any kind of way. The circumstances were as they were but we will go on the pitch as we always have and fight for Denmark."Everyone has the same opinion about that. The motivation is absolutely the same."Wales manager Ryan Giggs:"I said to the players, 'The bad news is you have to keep to that standard'."It's as simple as that and, when you drop below those standards, you're letting me down and you're letting yourselves down. "It's not easy because there were some really good performances and, as a team, they performed well. But you've to keep getting better, you've got to keep improving, there's loads of things we could have done better."
MOST RECENT MEETING
Denmark 0-1 Wales (19 November, 2008)
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Wales' Craig Bellamy scored the games only goal after 77 minutes when the sides last met in a friendly at the Brondby Stadium. Chris Gunter, Ashley Williams, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey all started that day.
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