‘That was for you, grandad’ – Neco Williams pays emotional tribute to his late grandfather, who passed away night before his World Cup debut for Wales

    Wales full-back Neco Williams dedicated his World Cup debut to his late grandfather, who passed away the night before their draw to the USA.

    The 21-year-old Wrexham-born star revealed he’d been in tears all day before his country’s opening game in Qatar, but still played and helped Wales secure a 1-1 draw.

    Williams was tearful as he thought of his late grandad after the final whistle

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    Williams was tearful as he thought of his late grandad after the final whistle

    Before giving his tribute down the barrel of the camera

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    Before giving his tribute down the barrel of the camera

    And looking up to the sky

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    And looking up to the sky

    After the final whistle, footage showed Williams walking around the pitch in tears.

    As he realised the camera was aiming his way, he looked straight down the lense and said: “That was for you grandad.”

    He then gazed up towards the sky, giving a nod to his late relative.

    Williams then said on Twitter: “Yesterday was the toughest news I’ve ever had to face and that was listening to my mum tell me my grandad past away last night.

    “To go from crying all day to start in a World Cup game was extremely tough but I got through it from the support of my team mates and family.”

    The youngster played 79 minutes of Wales’ first World Cup game since 1958, carrying on after going down with a back injury ten minutes before.

    Wales were left feeling proud after their late comeback

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    Wales were left feeling proud after their late comeback

    Bale’s penalty came just three minutes later to cancel out Timothy Weah’s opener in a historic moment for the Dragons.

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