Thursday 26 April 2018

Aaron Ramsey's warning to England: Wales have come a long way

Aaron Ramsey says Wales have come a long way since they last played England
Aaron Ramsey says Wales have come a long way since they last played England

Aaron Ramsey has warned England Wales are ready to stun them at Euro 2016.

The Arsenal midfielder believes Chris Coleman's side have improved since last facing the Three Lions four years ago.

England have won the last four games between the nations without conceding a goal - having beaten Wales in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2012.

The teams play in Lens on June 16 next year and, with Wales having peaked in the world rankings at eighth in October, Ramsey insists they are a different proposition now.

"I'm sure it'll be a lot closer this game - and it could go either way," Ramsey said.

"To be fair, I wanted England. I had a bit of luck. I think it'll be a great game for everyone who's involved in what'll be seen as a 'derby' if you like.

"They (Arsenal team-mates Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs) have already been winding me up but I'm keeping quiet and seeing what happens on the day."

Wales have not beaten England since 1984 and also face Russia and Slovakia in Group B in France next year following Saturday's draw.

"It was very exciting," Ramsey said. "I'm really looking forward to it, it's new for the team to be involved in there. It's going to be a great occasion for us, we're going to enjoy every minute.

"Obviously there's a 'little' game in the middle. But while we're looking to enjoy it, we also want to take it seriously and get out of the group. We'll be looking to that."

Ramsey scored in the Gunners' 2-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday which sent them top of the Barclays Premier League for a little over 24 hours - until Leicester's triumph over Chelsea on Monday night - and he is eyeing even more improvement.

"It's a busy period and we have to remain consistent through that and see where we are in the new year," the 24-year-old added.

"I hope we'll get better now."

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