Wales get their Euro 2020 campaign under way this afternoon against Switzerland in Baku, with Rob Page's side dreaming of following in the footsteps of the class of 2016.

Among those hoping to help write another page in the history books of Welsh football is 20-year-old full-back Neco Williams.

After his recent breakthrough with Liverpool, Williams is expected to play a big role in Page's side in what will be his first taste of an international tournament.

It goes without saying that the whole nation will be behind Williams and the rest of the players, but few will be playing as close attention as Neco's parents, Emma and Lee, who have been sharing their memories of the player's journey in an emotional letter for The Athletic.

"Dear Neco," it begins.

"Well, what can we say except we, your mum and dad, are feeling ever so proud of you? So is your big sister Taya, your little brother Keelan and your two younger sisters Sarae and Ocea. The whole family is buzzing, as is absolutely everyone here in Cefn Mawr, your home village in north Wales. Everyone who knows you is bursting with pride.

"As your parents, we have to pinch ourselves knowing you are part of the Wales team playing at the European Championship. It really is surreal seeing you living your dream as a professional footballer. Your face is everywhere and when we see you on the TV, in the newspaper or online, we just think, 'Oh gosh, that’s our little boy'."

The picture painted of a young Williams is one of a little boy obsessed with football, playing at every opportunity.

While his mum admits that her time in the local women's team must have helped, the influence of Neco's grandad is heralded as the biggest inspiration to his young career.

Williams' parents then recall the emotional rollercoaster that unfolded after their young son joined the Liverpool academy, a journey that eventually saw him make his debut against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup in 2018, before going on to pick up a Premier League and Club World Cup winners' medal.

"Our boy from Cefn was a champion of the world," the letter continues. "And where was the first place you went when you got home? That’s right, you went straight down to the Legion, to see all of your mates. Then you stopped off at Nan and Grandad’s house before finally coming home to us.

"You have never lost touch with your roots or your community. That is one thing we love about you, Neco. You love coming back to Cefn and will do so as often as possible."

It of course wasn't long before Williams was called up for Wales, with the right-back making his debut in the Nations League against Finland last September, before netting against Bulgaria a few days later - a goal that would see his stock rise ever higher.

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"That was one of the proudest days for us as a family," it continues.

"Then just imagine how we felt to watch you score the winner against Bulgaria after coming off the bench. It was tremendous. Dad was watching the game in the other room, as you know he likes to concentrate. The rest of us were sitting together. We heard Dad screaming and shouting. He was going mad and as there was a five-second delay on our TV we all thought, ‘Well, someone must have scored.’

"On Saturday, we are all going down to the Legion and we will be wearing Wales tops with your name and number on the back. To think, in 2016, when Wales got to the semi-finals at the Euros, you were just 15 and watching it here with us. Now you are going to be there and be a part of it.

"So just enjoy every second of it, Neco, because you are living your dream and we could not be happier."