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Jaap delighted for ‘reliable’ Gunter to match Welsh record

Gaffer on Chris’s achievement for the Dragons

15 November 2017

As of Tuesday evening, no outfield player has ever pulled on the Wales jersey more times than Chris Gunter.

Our right-back captained the Dragons in their draw with Panama to earn his 85th cap – level with the late Gary Speed, and just seven behind goalkeeper Neville Southall.

And the Royals gaffer Jaap Stam, who earned 67 caps for the Dutch national team, was pleased to see Gunter reach that remarkable landmark – and at the age of just 28!

“It is great for him to get that record,” Jaap said.  “As a player, if you can play for your country it is always a big honour and it’s a very big achievement to do that.  If you can play that many games, it is a very big achievement as well.

"For us and for his country, Chris has been very reliable in what he can do and what he can bring.  He is always fit and he works very hard on his body to stay fit and be able to play all these games and to be there for the manager if they need him.

"It is a big compliment for him in what he has achieved in his career already – and he’s still got a few years to go!

"To be given the captain’s armband means that you are appreciated. You need to appreciate all of your players and what they bring to the squad, but it is a great sign from their manager."

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