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Ledley insists Hennessey will deliver goods for Wales

By Phil Blanche

Joe Ledley has backed Wayne Hennessey to make light of his lack of game-time at Crystal Palace and show that Wales can rely on him during tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Serbia.

Ledley and Hennessey are so close that the Palace midfielder admits that their wives are jealous of the long-standing friendship.

The pair have roomed together on international duty since they were teenagers and the arrangement exists to this day for both club and country.

"We're a little bit hyper, me and Wayne, and if we were in a room amongst ourselves we'd be banging our heads against the walls," Ledley said.

"We need each other to bounce off. I've known him since we were playing at Under-14s for Wales so we're close and he's great company.

"But I probably spend as much time sharing a bedroom with Wayne as I do with my wife!

"I don't think either of our partners are too happy about it, I think there's a bit of jealousy there."

Having known each other for more than a decade, Ledley and Hennessey - both part of Wales' Euro 2016 squad - linked up at club level in south London.

Hennessey has not played in the Premier League since August 20, but Ledley insists his friend will be sharp when Wales take on the Serbs in Cardiff.

"He didn't play much for Palace when he first signed and had to wait for his chance and took it," Ledley said.

"He still put in fantastic performances for Wales and I'm sure it will be the same again."

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