Aaron Ramsey is looking forward to getting going in his first ever international tournament today, as his side set to take on Slovakia in Bordeaux.
The match is set to kick off in around half an hour, with Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale expected to play key roles in what should hopefully be an opening group game win.
Ramsey revealed this week that Arsene Wenger had confidence in his side being dangerous in France, and he is proud to be able to represent his country in the competition’s finals.
“It’s such a good achievement for us [to reach the Euros],” he told Arsenal Player. “We’ve got a population of 3.5 million and we haven’t done it for 58 years, so for us to achieve that is quite special. The players should definitely be proud of that and we just can’t wait to get started.
“It’s important for us to take it all in, enjoy every minute of it, but we also need to be serious. We don’t just want to go there to make up the numbers.
“We’ve done well, we’re quite a dangerous team and we want to get out of the group. Who knows what can happen from there?
“It’s going to be strange but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I hear all the stories from the World Cup and things like that, and it’s something that I’ve wanted to experience myself. I’m going to be able to tell a few of my stories now.”
I think Wales will be able to win today, despite the recent form of Slovakia, but I don’t expect it to come easy. Should Bale and Ramsey be in top form however, the Eastern European side will struggle to contain them.
Am I alone in expecting a Welsh win today?