CRAIG Williams has been included in an 18 man Welsh squad which hosts England in a C international in Barry later this month.

The 30 year old Newtown defender is joined by TNS duo Connell Rawlinson and Aeron Edwards and Aberystwyth Town’s John Owen in representing Mid Wales and border clubs in the Welsh squad.

Former Caersws and Welshpool Town midfielder Chris Venables has also seen his performances with Bala Town rewarded with a call up for the March 20 friendly.

Williams said: “I have to admit I was surprised but I’m very happy I have been picked.

“I’m getting on a bit now. I thought some of the other lads might have a shot but to be included is fantastic.”

The C international is the first since 2011 when ex-Newtown defender Shane Sutton represented Wales.

The game is a chance for the JD Welsh Premier to showcase its talent against Paul Fairclough’s England side which will boast the top talent from the Vanarama National League.

Williams insisted Wales had no reason to fear the English.

Williams said: “Players from this league have gone on to do well in England. There will be a lot of quality players on show and it is a great chance to raise the profile of the Welsh Premier.”

Newtown manager Chris Hughes praised his captain following his inclusion in the squad.

Hughes said: “This is great news for Craig and the club. It shows how important of a player he is to us and has been for many years, and he thoroughly deserves his call up.”

Williams will be part of a training day at Latham Park on Sunday.