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Danny's festive focus

20 December 2013

Midfielder not missing winter break

Royals midfielder Danny Williams says he won't be complaining about the Christmas fixture schedule, and is relishing the chance to build on his side’s promotion push.

Perhaps the 24-year-old could be forgiven for feeling slightly bewildered by a series of festive matches, after arriving at Madejski Stadium from the Bundesliga – where a two week winter break is customary. On the contrary…

“I’ve never had a Christmas like this, in Germany we all have a winter break – but I’m excited by it,” said Williams.

“It means I will stay in shape. I will have a quiet Christmas, just a little bit of dinner – but I’m happy about that! My parents will come over, enjoy a bit of London. The most important thing is to be successful, you have to win these games, stay focused. If we can get maximum points we have a good chance.

“I give our fans credit, they support Reading with all their heart, they travel that far away to just see us play at a difficult time. That’s another reason to take it seriously and make our fans proud and perform well.”

The American international is determined to experience Premier League football with Reading next season, but with a number of caps with the United States national team under his belt – was understandably keeping a keen eye on the recent World Cup draw.

His national side have been pitted in a so called ‘group of death’ alongside Portugal, Ghana and Germany.

“A lot of friends and family text me saying make sure you make it to the World Cup! I think it’s one of the toughest groups, a good friend of mine (Kevin-Prince Boateng) is playing there as well. My focus is now on Reading, I want to focus on playing well and promotion – and then I can turn my hopes to the World Cup. My job is now to help the team get to the Premier League.”

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