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Gunter becomes Wales’ most capped outfield player in China rout

Right-back earns 86th appearance for the Dragons

22 March 2018

By being named in the starting XI for Wales in Ryan Giggs’ first game as manager against China, Royals right-back Chris Gunter earned his 86th international cap – and thus became the most capped outfield player in his nation’s history!

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The 28-year-old overtook the record held by previous incumbent Gary Speed, and now stands just six appearances shy of Neville Southall’s overall record – the goalkeeper having played 92 games in Welsh colours.

86 international caps at such a young age is a huge credit to the defender – he’s also racked up 262 games for the Royals in less than five seasons, and has barely missed a minute of competitive football in that time.  An impeccable record.

It was quite the location to set the record for Gunter – he’s provenly popular in China, as shown on a BBC Wales news report on Thursday!

And it was a memorable match in all for the Welshmen; a 6-0 drubbing of their hosts in the semi-final of the China Cup means they will face either Uruguay or Czech Republic in the final, depending on who wins the other tie on Friday.

Gareth Bale’s hat-trick stole the show in Nanning… the Real Madrid forward took a record of his own!  Three goals took his international tally to a total of 29, one more than the previous record-holder Ian Rush.  Burnley forward Sam Vokes grabbed two, while Hull City loanee Harry Wilson netted the other.

Congratulations to Chris on hitting another landmark for his country!

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