Steve Cooper | Swans proud of part in Wales' success

21st November 2019
First team
Connor Roberts Wales

Steve Cooper feels Swansea City have a lot to be proud of after the efforts of Connor Roberts and Joe Rodon played a part in Wales qualifying for Euro 2020.

Wales will be at a major tournament for just the second time in 62 years when they feature at next summer’s final, having reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Full-back Roberts started all bar one of Wales’ qualifying fixtures, while centre-back Rodon made a big impression with his displays in home games against Azerbaijan and Croatia, and the trip to Slovakia.

Declan John has also featured for Wales under Ryan Giggs and Cooper congratulated the Swans on their role in Welsh success.

“We are very proud of them, it was a really good night for Connor to be involved in,” said Swans head coach Cooper of Tuesday's vital win over Hungary.

“I was there watching and it was a brilliant experience that everyone benefits from.

“The players get to say they were part of a squad that qualified and have a chance to play at a Euros.

“Wales have benefited from Connor, Joe and Declan playing their part and it makes them better players which helps us.

Joe Rodon

“Everybody is a winner from it, there’s an incentive for them in that a lot of players do not get the chance to go to a major tournament.

“Having worked in international football myself, what it really comes down to is qualifying and competing in tournaments.

“The fact they can do that on a really big stage is exciting for them. It comes with a responsibility too. There is a lot of football to be played but it’s something they can really look forward to.”

Swansea players have also played a part in a successful international break across the Welsh age-grade system with a number of youngsters being part of wins for the under-21 and under-19 sides.

“We had a large number of players featuring for Wales across the age groups too,” added Cooper.

“It’s a good return. People might expect us to have a good number given there are only so many professional sides in Wales.

“But it shows we are serving the FAW well, I hope we can continue that because everyone benefits from it, particularly the players.”