Brendan Rodgers believes Ashley Williams is in top four defenders

Rodgers labels Williams one of the best four central defenders in England

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11:22 GMT, 23 March 2012

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed Ashley Williams as one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

The central defender returns from illness to face Everton on Saturday at Goodison Park.

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'Ash is in the top four centre-halves in the country in my opinion,' Rodgers said.

'He has really impressed, he has stepped up to the mark and shown he can play at this level, like a lot of our players.

'I have been proud watching them and seeing how they have taken their work to another level.'

The 27-year-old has excelled this season, and with the exception of last Saturday's 3-0 victory away at Fulham, has been ever-present this season.