Speaking after their victory against Andorra, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey dedicated Wales’ successful Euro 2016 qualification campaign to former manager Gary Speed (via BBC). The Wales national team qualified for Europe’s biggest tournament over the weekend despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Bosnia-Herzegovina, but a win against the minnows in their final home game allowed a packed stadium to properly celebrate the team’s qualification to a major tournament for the first time in over 50 years.
Ramsey and Gareth Bale were on target at Cardiff, as Wales broke through a resilient Andorra defence to secure the win. The scoreline could have been even higher, but Ramsey saw a couple of headers saved by the keeper and had a shot fall just wide of the target after he had made a mazy run past four defenders.
In his interview with the BBC, Ramsey praised current Wales manager Chris Coleman and assured that the team would not rest easy after achieving their qualification target. He said, “I know Gary [Speed] will be looking down [at us] from somewhere now; our fantastic setup, he started it.
“It was always going to be difficult for Chris [Coleman] to come in early on; but now he’s done an unbelievable job. To take over in the circumstances that he did and to finally achieve something special with the country; it’s a great achievement for him. I’m delighted for him and his staff, and hopefully he can have many successful years with us.
“We don’t just want to rest on this now, we’ve come so far; we’ve really worked on this together as a team and hopefully this will just be the start of Wales being competitive year after year.”
The current Wales team is already being praised as the ‘golden generation’, and they certainly have the skill and talent in their lineup to cause upsets at next year’s tournament. Ramsey will certainly have a big part to play in that and hopefully he manages to maintain his form and fitness for the rest of the season.
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The goal he scored also bodes well for the club – Ramsey has not yet found the net for Arsenal and looked extremely nervous in front of goal during last week’s encounter against Manchester United. The international goal will surely be a massive boost of confidence for the player and might even open the floodgates. A freely scoring attacking lineup of Sanchez, Walcott, Ramsey and Ozil would certainly be a dream come true for us.