The great adventure for Palace’s Welsh trio came to an end last night, with Wales beaten 2-0 by Portugal in the semi-final and knocked out of Euro 2016.
Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley both started the game in Lyon, with the latter replaced by striker Sam Vokes shortly after half-time as Wales looked to claw back the two goal deficit.
With just under half an hour still to play, Chris Coleman bought on the Eagles’ attacking midfielder Jonny Williams, but by then Wales were tiring, and there was little they could do to reverse the score line.
In the aftermath of defeat, Wales manager Coleman was full of pride of his team, and said the journey for his group of players was just the beginning.
“Whatever the end date of this tournament was, it's not the end date for this group of players. I'm prouder of this team than any team I've been involved in because I know what they've sacrificed to get to this stage.”
Looking ahead to the World Cup in only two years’ time, the Wales manager believes with the same mentality, his team are in a great position to go on to the next next level, and put themselves on the world stage.
"We have to go into the next campaign with the same hunger and desire as we've had in the last two or three years. That's what I've told them. We've now sampled tournament football; it’s such an experience, such a healthy vibe from people of all nations.
"We want some more of that. We need some more of that, and we'll give the World Cup campaign a hell of a crack.”