Ashley Williams is no stranger to an international football tournament having been captain of Wales, so it’s no surprise that he now graces our TV screens as a Euro 2020 expert.
Fresh out of a professional football career, when he’s not on television, the benevolent critic undertakes extensive charitable work.
Add his good looks and it’s no wonder the Beeb recruited him to join their roster of experts for the tournament.
Ashley Williams has joined the BBC as a Euro 2020 expert (Photo credit: BBC)
Ashley Williams, Euro 2020 expert, is she married?
It is indeed.
Ashley and his wife Vanessa run their own charity called WillsWorld, which supports underprivileged children.
The couple have two sons, Xavier and Raphaël.
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Vanessa is an accountant by training, but she stays away from social media and the spotlight as much as possible.
Ashley, meanwhile, is also the godmother of Street Football Wales and the Ethan Perkins Trust.
The charities respectively fight against social exclusion and collect funds for childhood brain cancer.
Ashley was born in Wolverhampton on August 23, 1984, making him 36 years old.
He has a mixed heritage, with a Jamaican father and a Welsh mother.
Growing up he was a Liverpool fan and his favorite player was John Barnes.
What happened to Ashley when he was photographed in the hospital?
The center-back was playing for Wales internationally against Mexico when he suffered a horrific injury.
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A photo of him in hospital terrified fans as he was seen hooked up to a breathing machine.
He had suffered a collapsed lung and several broken ribs in a horrific collision with Javier Hernandez.
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How did Ashley become an expert?
The former professional sportsman has amassed an impressive career in football and is proof that persistence is everything.
He started as a young player for West Bromwich Albion but was released by them at the age of 16.
Ashley went on to join the non-league club of Hednesford Town and Division two, Stockport County.
He made his international debut for Wales while playing for the latter.
In 2008, 24-year-old Ashley signed a loan in Swansea City.
He then enjoyed substantial success at the club over the next eight years before joining Everton for £ 12million in 2016.
At Everton, the father-of-two drew attention for his seemingly short character.
He sparked a few fights on the pitch and club manager Ronald Koeman said he needed to work on his self-control.
Ashley then left the club on loan at Stoke City in 2018.
He was released from his three-year contract at Everton at the end of the 2018/2019 season.
The center-back then had a brief stint at Bristol City as he began to end his career.
Ashley also has international caps under her belt and was Wales captain in the Euro 2016 tournament. They made it to the semi-finals.
He retired in January 2021 and embarked on his new career as an expert.
Euro 2020 expert Ashley Williams really know the words to Let It Go?
He may have been fiery with opponents every now and then throughout his career, but he’s really just a big softie.
He even knows all the words of Frozen anthem Let It Go.
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