Swansea City star sets his sights on Euro 2016

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Swansea City defender Ashley Williams says that captaining Wales to Euro 2016 qualification would outweigh all he has achieved in his career.

As the Wales national team's bid to qualify for Euro 2016 begins with a trip to Andorra this evening, there is growing hope that Chris Coleman's side could be about to end a barren run of close finishes and agonising failures. The Dragons haven't appeared in the finals of the European Championships since its inception in 1960.

Swansea City defender Ashley Williams is one player who is ready to establish a place for Wales in history. The Welsh captain believes that the current squad is capable of ending the country’s long wait for a major tournament appearance.

"It would be the biggest achievement in my career," he told BBC Sport. "We're aware of the great Welsh teams in the past that fell short for whatever reason."

He added: "A lot's been put on this group - we really want to be the team that lived up to that potential... for this group now the time is perfect. We're settled and have been with each other for a long time."

Andorra have lost their last 44 competitive games since a goalless draw against Finland nine years ago and have failed to score in 18 competitive matches, so the odds for this tie are firmly stacked in Wales's favour. 

Three points away would be a huge boost, ahead of two home fixtures next month - one of which is against challenging opposition Bosnia-Herzegovina - and a trip to Group B favourites Belgium in November. Ultimately, nothing less than a win will do as Williams and his teammates look to gain momentum.

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