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Taylor wins Asian player award

Neil Taylor collects Asian Player of the Year for the second time Credit: Asian Football Awards

Swansea City full back Neil Taylor has been named Asian footballer of the year for the second time at the Asian Football Awards.

Taylor beat off competition from Wolves captain Danny Batth and West Brom striker Adil Nabi to lift the title with judges praising his contribution towards Wales’ qualification for next summer’s European Championship finals in France.

Taylor, whose mother is from Kolkata in India said:

“It’s a great feeling to win this award. I am pleased to be here tonight to pick it up, it means a lot to me. Hopefully Asian football flourishes throughout the years.

“My advice to any young aspiring player is to sacrifice. You have to be willing to sacrifice and follow your own path of where you want go, where you want to be and what you want to achieve. You also need to have people who are willing to go on that journey with you.

“Whatever background you are from, it doesn't matter. You can make it to the top. Hopefully this can inspire the next generation of footballers.”

England have 50-50 chance of playing Wales

UEFA has announced its seedings for the Euro 2016 draw leaving a 50-50 chance that England will be playing Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

England will be among the top seeds in Pot 1 along with hosts France and European champions Spain.

Whilst Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be among the six countries in Pot 4, based on UEFA's coefficient statistics.

Wales will head to France as tournament rookies. Credit: PA Images

In July, Chris Coleman's side were among the top seeds for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw but that was based on much higher FIFA rankings.

The draw, which takes place on the 12th December will see the 24 finalists draw into six groups of four teams for next summer's finals in France.

The winners and runners-up in each group will qualify for the knockout phase with only eight teams being eliminated in the group phase.

The tournament will start on 10th June 2016 and the final will take place at the Stade de France in July.


Shaun MacDonald called up to Wales squad

Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald has been called into the Wales squad for Friday's friendly with Holland.

MacDonald replaces David Cotterill, who is expected to be sidelined for two or three weeks after a knee injury.

The Holland friendly marks the start of Wales' Euro 2016 build-up after they successfully qualified for next summer's finals in France.

Full time: Cardiff 2 - 0 Reading

Full time and it's a win for the Bluebirds at Cardiff City Stadium.

Both goals were headers, the first by Kenwyne Jones in the 43rd minute and the second by Matthew Connolly in the 52nd, with both assisted by midfielder Joe Ralls.


Cardiff City fall in narrow defeat to Leeds

A strike from Alex Mowatt was enough to give Leeds United a 1-0 win over Cardiff City this evening, as Russell Slade’s men go three Championship games without a goal.

Slade's men have now failed to score in their last three Championship outings Credit: PA

In a goalless first half with few chances for either side, Alex Revell’s wayward strike after 15 minutes was the closest the Bluebirds came to opening the scoring.

Although the away side pushed for an equaliser, 1-0 was how the score stayed. Cardiff now sit ninth in the Championship table, three points outside the play-off places.

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