Premier League era Welsh XI
FootyOn outline a star-studded Premier League era Welsh XI to celebrate St David’s Day.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!
In case you aren’t familiar with the Welsh language, we just wished you a happy St David’s Day.
Every year on March 1st, Wales comes together to celebrate St David’s Day.
St David was the patron Saint of the nation and, as such, is also the national day of Wales.
So, to commemorate this holiday with a football twist, we showcase a Premier League era Welsh XI! Enjoy.
Goalkeeper: Neville Southall
Former Everton shot stopper Southall played six full Premier League season with the Toffees.
Known as one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation, the Llandudno-born stopper takes our number one jersey.
Right back: Mark Delaney
Retired defender Delaney spent eight campaigns with Aston Villa and enjoyed 36 international caps for the Dragons.
Centre back: Ashley Williams
Formerly of Swansea City and now Everton, Williams has proved to be a great Welsh centre back in the top-flight.
He was an integral part of Swansea’s rise to prominence and captained his country during their outstanding efforts at Euro 2016.
Centre back: James Collins
Towering defensive enforcer Collins is a perfect fit alongside Williams in the heart of our Premier League era Welsh XI backline.
Left back: Ben Davies
Taking up the left side of the rearguard is young Tottenham full back Davies.
The Neath-born wideman has already racked up 28 national outings and joined Spurs from Swansea back in 2014.
Right midfield: Ryan Giggs
Manchester United legend Giggs was an easy choice for midfield.
The Welshman is the most decorated player in football history after 23 illustrious seasons at Old Trafford.
Giggs also features in one of our other more controversial roster of players. Have a look!
Centre midfield: Gary Speed
Welsh icon Speed is the most capped outfield player in Wales international history.
The former midfield anchorman enjoyed an impressive career with Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United.
Centre midfield: Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal playmaker Ramsey has become one of his country’s latest top talents in recent years.
The Gunners midfielder has twice won the FA Cup and is key to Chris Coleman’s international set-up.
Left midfield: Gareth Bale
Undoubtedly the biggest football star to come out of Wales.
Real Madrid ace Bale was previously the world’s most expensive player, as he departed Spurs in 2013.
The Bernabeu attacker hasn’t looked out of lace alongside the Galacticos on Spanish soil since his move.
Striker: Mark Hughes
Man Utd hero Hughes enjoyed two trophy-laden stints at Old Trafford.
His time at Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers also provided silverware success.
He boasts 72 Wales caps and later managed his nation too. Not too shabby.
Striker: Craig Bellamy
Controversial character Bellamy partners Hughes in our Premier League era Welsh XI.
He featured for the likes of Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester City and Cardiff City.
During his time at the latter he helped them get promoted for the top tier first time in half a century.
Bellamy also became the first player to score for seven different Premier League clubs in 2014.