England are ready to cap Crystal Palace midfielder Jon Williams ahead of Wales.

The Mirror says England are ready to snatch Wales' teenage star Williams from under the nose of Gary Speed.

The Wales team boss called up the highly-rated Crystal Palace midfielder, 18, for the first time ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifying double-header against Switzerland and Bulgaria last week.

But the Welsh Under-21 whizkid - seen as the next big star - did not make an appearance in either victory.

That has now left Speed's Wales with an anxious 11-month wait before their next competitive fixture when the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign begins in September to nail down English-born Williams.