CHRIS Mepham says he "would like to be that person to be that voice at the heart of the back four" for Wales.

Ryan Giggs opted to leave captain Ashley Williams out of the squad for Friday's Euro 2020 qualifier against Belgium.

The centre-back, 35, has earned 86 caps for Wales but was without a club following his release by Everton, until he was snapped up by Bristol City late last month.

That leaves Mepham, 21, as one of the more experienced central defenders in the Wales squad for the clash with Belgium as well as the friendly with Belarus on Monday.

And he hopes to take on the role vacated by Williams. Mepham told BBC Sport: "It's obviously the first camp in a long, long time that he (Williams) hasn't been involved in.

"He's been a great servant to Welsh football for a long time. He's been really good with the young lads coming through, obviously the experience that he possesses in the game.

"He'll be a big miss.

"He's a big voice around the changing room and he's a natural leader so it's important that we've got other players in the team who can fill those shoes."

He added: "I'd like to think I've got that sort of personality that can be vocal and can pull people and be that natural leader in the back four.

"But there's a lot of lads in the team that can step up to the plate. It's something that I want to improve.

"I'm only 21 but I don't think that's a reason not to be vocal because there's been many leaders in the past that have led from a young age.

"I would like to be that person to be that voice at the heart of the back four and hopefully I can."