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Gunter is Wales' most-capped player!

Royals defender starts for record-breaking 93rd cap

20 November 2018

In starting against Albania on Tuesday night, our very own Chris Gunter becomes the most-capped senior men's player in Wales history!

He nudges himself ahead of Neville Southall's long-standing record of 92 caps for his country, and the man himself even offered a message of support via Twitter this morning.

There have been tributes from the world of football in honour of Gunter's phenomenal achievement on the international stage, including from his manager, Ryan Giggs.

Before the game, Giggs told FA Wales: “Chris deserves to start. What a fantastic achievement to beat Nev’s record.

"It shows the commitment, the character and the drive of Chris to get this many caps."

Long-time team-mate for Wales, Ashley Williams, added: “It’s an unbelievable achievement. I’ve been on the journey with him first hand and a lot of these caps are consecutive.

"He loves Wales and it doesn’t stop here - I imagine he’ll break 100 caps too.

“He’s someone the young kids should be looking up to.”

Gunter has been on a remarkable run of appearances for his country, winning 63 consecutive caps in a streak that ran up to September this year. 

Still only 29, there could still be plenty to come from the Reading man! Gunter has been quick to stress that he has never set targets for himself, but he is now seven caps away from becoming an international centurion...

With qualification for Euro 2020 starting next year, Wales will be hoping to follow up their incredible run to the semi-finals of the tournament in 2016 by qualifying once again - and Gunter will hope to continue playing his part in his country's success.

Including tonight's appearance, the right-back has won 65 of his 93 caps as a Royal after joining from Nottingham Forest in 2012.

Everyone at Reading Football Club sends Chris the very best of luck in his record-breaking appearance this evening, and congratulates him on a remarkable career to date for club and country!

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