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Wales football captain Ashley Williams has joined Everton from Premier League rivals Swansea on a three-year contract for a reported fee in the region of £12 million, an extravagant figure for a 31 year old.

The veteran defender is new manager Ronald Koeman's third summer signing, and easily the most important after the Toffees sold young superstar John Stones to Manchester City for £47.5 million earlier in the week.

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Wales football team captain Ashley Williams is dreaming of more international success and believes they can win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Swansea City defender played a crucial part in his side’s stunning adventures in the European Championship in France, which saw Wales end a 58-year wait to qualify for a major tournament.

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Wales football team's head coach Chris Coleman has admitted that the 2018 World Cup campaign will be his last at the post, adding that he will give it his "best shot".

Coleman and his Wales squad returned home to a heroes' welcome on Friday as an estimated 2,00,000 people packed the streets in Cardiff to hail their achievements at the European Championship 2016.

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Welsh football star Gareth Bale has praised his team's show of "pride and passion" at the European Championship and has urged the side to target regular qualification for major tournaments in future after their remarkable campaign was brought to a juddering halt at the semi-final stage by Portugal.

Bale's Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Fernando Santos's side to 2-0 victory, imposing himself on the contest after the first half to propel Portugal into the final, against either France or Germany on Sunday.

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Having taken Portugal into the final of the Euro 2016 football tournament with an excellent second-half performance against Wales, star forward Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to win this year's title, finally avenging the loss in the 2004 edition final.

Ronaldo earned the man of the match award in the 2-0 win over Wales in Wednesday's semi-final by scoring Portugal's first goal and coming up with an assist for Nani to score the second.

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Cristiano RonaldoTwo goals inside four minutes from the former Manchester United duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani earned Portugal a place in the Final of Euro 2016 with a comfortable 2-0 win against minnows Wales, who struggled to really create anything of note during the course of the contest without the attacking nous of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

After a dull first half, reminiscent of so many of Portugal's displays in the tournament thus far, the European Championship regulars dealt a double blow to Wales' hopes of reaching their first major final.

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Gareth Bales' Wales will take on Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in Lyon on Wednesday after the former booked their place in the final 4 of a major tournament for the first time in their history courtesy of a stunning 3-1 win against pre-tournament favourites Belgium in Lille on Friday night.

Playing in front of 12,000+ Wales fans at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Wales were being run ragged in the early exchanges with an excellent save from Wayne Hennessey, a goal-line clearance from Welsh defenders, and then a last ditch block denying Belgium from taking a lead inside the opening moments of the contest.

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