Wales midfielder/defender Chris Gunter further endeared himself to the Welsh masses by penning an inspirational and emotional Instagram message following his country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia in 2018.
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The Reading player couldn’t hide his disappointment once the final whistle signalled the 1-0 defeat to Ireland and ran a lap of the Cardiff Stadium to thank the Welsh supporters for the magnificent support.
Later he took to social media to send a poignant message to the Welsh fans. Gunter started by saying that the national team will never pretend to be anything they aren’t and that no one outside of the squad can know what they have been through. He then went on to say that although the World Cup qualifying campaign is over, this is not the end and that Wales will return stronger. Finally, he thanked his country of birth and asked fans to remember that they share in something special and unique and called them ‘the best’. His heartfelt message has been warmly welcomed by Welsh fans.
In 2017, the Football Association of Wales named Gunter the Welsh Footballer of the Year, an accolade previously awarded to Welsh legends such as Gareth Bale, Ryan Giggs, John Hartson and Mark Hughes. For more details of Chris’s achievements and stats, see https://www.whoscored.com/Players/13835/Show/Chris-Gunter.
Gunter has long been a firm favourite of Wales fans and is the third most capped player in the principality’s history. A no-nonsense player known for his determination and never-give-up attitude, Gunter is exactly the type of dedicated player who would have benefited from modern training resources such as Football Drill Videos, which are now readily available from sites such as https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Football/index.jsp.
28-year-old Gunter is a regular in the Reading first team and has also played for Cardiff, Tottenham and Nottingham Forest. A versatile player, Gunter can play anywhere across the back four as well as on the right side of midfield. As of October 2017, he has 83 Welsh caps, two behind the late great Gary Speed and nine behind record-holder Neville Southall. Providing he stays injury-free, Gunter should become his country’s most capped player sometime in 2019, and it seems more than likely that he will also become the first ever Welshman to reach 100 appearances for the national side.