Rodgers' pride in Wales trio


Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers praised his Wales contingent after they helped his side to a goalless draw against Aston Villa just hours after the death of national team boss Gary Speed.

Speed was found dead at his home on the outskirts of Chester on Sunday, with the Football Association of Wales confirming his death just over an hour before kick-off at the Liberty Stadium. Wales internationals Neil Taylor, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams all played for the hosts, with their Dragons colleague James Collins lining up for Villa.

Given the overwhelming sense of sadness it was perhaps no surprise that the match was a subdued affair, but Rodgers praised the efforts of his Wales trio. And on the players, he said: "I thought the players' performance level considering that was unbelievable", before adding: "All three are strong characters. How the three of them performed like they did was incredible. It was a sombre day and it was hard to take in."

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