England hold no fears for Ramsey

LONDON • Aaron Ramsey insists that coming up against England at Euro 2016 would hold no fear for Wales, expressing his confidence that Chris Coleman's side will rubber-stamp their qualification away to Bosnia-Herzegovina next month.

Ramsey was guilty of missing one of Wales' better chances - a first-half header - in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Israel that prolonged the wait to qualify for a first major football tournament since 1958.

Wales need a point from their remaining two matches - away to Bosnia and at home to Andorra - to be assured of their Euro 2016 place.

SUPREMELY CONFIDENT

We feel we can go to Bosnia and grab all three points. That's the confidence in this team at the moment.

AARON RAMSEY

England are the first side to book their place alongside the hosts France and have won their last four encounters with Wales. Not since 1984 have the Three Lions lost to their neighbours.

But Wales' form in qualifying placed them above England in the Fifa world rankings for the first time last week. And Ramsey would relish coming up against some of his Arsenal team-mates such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.

"I think there will be a bit of banter between me and some of my team-mates at Arsenal," said the midfielder.

"It is always a great game, committed game. I have been involved in two before. So yeah why not? If it does happen it will be a great game.

"We feel we can go to Bosnia and grab all three points. That's the confidence in this team at the moment.

"We haven't been in this position before but I think our club experience will help us. We have done a remarkable job so far so we won't feel too down. We are still top of the group with a couple of games to play, we're looking forward to that."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 09, 2015, with the headline 'England hold no fears for Ramsey'. Print Edition | Subscribe