Garry Monk: Swansea boss calls for club focus after Euro heroics

By Rob PhillipsBBC Wales football correspondent
Ashley Williams, Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale celebrate Wales' Euro 2016 qualification
Ashley Williams, Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale celebrate Wales' Euro 2016 qualification

Swansea City manager Garry Monk has told his international players to put their Euro 2016 success on the back burner.

Six of Monk's squad return to Premier League action having helped their countries to next summer's finals.

Monk is particularly delighted with the success of Wales captain Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor.

But as the Swans prepare to face Stoke on Monday, Monk said: "It's important those players put that to bed now."

Centre-back Williams and full-back Taylor played leading roles in helping Chris Coleman's men qualify for a first major tournament since 1958.

England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, Iceland's Gylfi Sigurdsson, Poland keeper Lukasz Fabianski and Portugal striker Eder are all part of squads who will be in France next summer. Goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfelt could also be there if Sweden win their play-off.

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Monk believes the international success reflects well on the club - particularly with Williams and Sigurdsson selected in Uefa's All Star XI from the qualifiers - but said: "It's all done and dusted now and for me that's a good thing.

"It's great for them but now they need to concentrate on their football here with the club. Obviously that is a message I have spoken to those players about and they are all fully aware of that."

The Swans went into the two-week international break with a 2-2 draw with Spurs, stretching their run without a win to five league and cup games.

And Monk said: "It's a key period in our season. Every game is important now but its important after the international break."

Defender Kyle Naughton is available for Monday's home game with Stoke having missed the draw with Spurs to attend the birth of his child.

Andre Ayew should also be available after a slight knee injury forced him to withdraw from the Ghana squad for their friendly against Canada.

"We have had a couple of days extra preparation which is good," added Monk. "To have the whole squad together for those couple of days will hopefully make a big difference.''