The Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was on Cloud Nine when he gave a lucky assist for Wales winning goal against Slovakia yesterday. They now top the Group after England and Russia drew in the later game, and now a win against the Three Lions will ensure their passage to the knockout stages.
Now the Gunners midfielder is only thinking about beating Jack Wilshere, Jamie Vardy and Co in Thursday’s game, and he thinks Wales are more than ready. Ramsey said: ‘We wanted to start off well and we’ve managed to do that. We work hard for each other, we have quality going forward and we are ready to take on anybody.
‘We are simply focused on trying to win the game against England now. They have a lot of good players, who are quite dangerous individually.
‘They had a faultless (qualifying) campaign. But we will focus on ourselves and what we need to do.’
‘The fans were unbelievable,’ he said. ‘It was really spine-tingling hearing the anthem sung with so much passion. We had to pinch ourselves to stop the tears coming down.
‘In the first half we controlled it pretty well. Second half when they scored we were a bit edgy, but we overcame that in the end. We got into dangerous positions and we are good on the ball, we just need to trust ourselves throughout the game.’
England themselves really could do with a win in that game themselves, as anything less will mean them needing to beat Slovakia in the closing Group match to stay in contention. They local derby will make this game even more exciting with both sides desperate to prove themselves. It should be a great afternoons excitement…