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World Cup won’t drive ex-Roo Williams

He won’t close the door completely on realising his World Cup dream but Western Sydney recruit Rhys Williams says, for now, his Socceroos career is over.

Williams was so highly touted as a teenager he was the target of a tug-of-war between Australia and Wales before opting to play for the country of his birth in 2009.

Debuting later that year against Japan, Williams was picked in the preliminary squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa only to be subsequently ruled out due to injury.

Another injury wrecked his 2014 World Cup hopes before he was overlooked entirely for the preliminary list for the 2018 tournament in Russia despite having just won the A-League championship with Melbourne Victory.

After two seasons with Saudi club Al-Qadsiah, Williams has returned to Australia with the Wanderers on a two-year deal but the move isn’t about forcing his way back into the Socceroos picture.



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