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Gunter looks ahead to record-breaking cap

Royals defender to set new benchmark on Tuesday night

19 November 2018

Chris Gunter sat in front of the press and spoke of his pride as he prepares to becomes Wales' most-capped player on Tuesday night.

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Manager Ryan Giggs confirmed that Gunter will be in the starting line-up for the away friendly against Albania this week, that will see the Royals' full-back play a record 93rd match for Wales.

With it being such a momentous occasion, the 29-year-old hopes to get members of his family to Albania - albeit through possibly calling in a favour from Gareth Bale!

"I'll ask Gaz if I can borrow his plane," Gunter told the BBC.

"It's not the easiest place to get to, but if the Welsh fans can do it I'm sure I can find a way.

"I'll be trying to get some family over there. But I know they'll be watching somewhere even if I can't because they've done that throughout my career."

"For something you get so much joy from doing and such an honour, it almost feels like you don't deserve the support. 

"I've always said it's not about caps, it's the team. I could have broken every single record under the sun but the only thing that would bother me would be the result."

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Gunter made his first Wales appearance alongside Giggs, in what was his penultimate appearance on the national stage. 

The full-back was still a teenager at the time, but he has grown into a cult hero among national team supporters - but ever the professional, Gunter is always focussed on the job at hand.

"I can remember it," Gunter said to The Telegraph. "At the time you are sort of amazed you have got the first one. The gaffer actually played in that one.

"The record is not something you think of. It is hard to put it into words because it is almost like you are just doing your job as a footballer to train as hard as you can and when you are selected to go about your job."

His 11-year journey has seen some of the highs and lows associated with international football, from playing in a team ranked outside the world's top 100, to growing with the national team and making it all the way to the last four of Euro 2016.

"It's been an unbelievable ride, especially over the past couple of years when I've been equalling and surpassing certain names I used to come and watch as a boy.

"It's hard to explain what that means, and also the fans and the reaction I get.

"It's something I'm really thankful for and, hopefully if I do it on Tuesday, it will be a really special night for me."

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