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Aaron Ramsey details “massive dream” as ex-Arsenal star plots more Wales heroics

Ramsey was excellent against the Czech Republic and must now lead Wales in Estonia as they eye second spot in the group and a play-off place

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Aaron Ramsey is determined to inspire Wales to a World Cup finals after starring in two Euros.

Ramsey was in the team of the tournament when Wales reached the semi-finals at Euro 2016.

He underlined his big-game reputation with some more stellar displays this summer as Wales reached the last 16 of Euro 2020.

Now he wants Wales to boost their bid for second place in Group E, and a play-off spot for Qatar 2022, with a win in Estonia on Monday night.

Ramsey, deputising as skipper with Gareth Bale injured, said: “We are concentrating on Monday’s game , hopefully winning, putting ourselves in a good position to qualify for the World Cup.

“It’s a massive dream of mine and the rest of the boys. That is the target. We have been fortunate enough to experience two European Championships and they have been absolutely amazing.








Ramsey is desperate to feature at a World Cup
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“It would be a massive dream to hopefully tick off a World Cup. There is a long way to go but if we can do that, it would be sort of complete wouldn’t it?

“To qualify for a World Cup would be an amazing achievement. It is probably more difficult to qualify for than the European Championships but all the players are ready.

“You can see it in the way they have been playing in the Euros this summer in getting out of the group. They are ready for it and it would be nice for us older boys as well.”

Wales gave their hopes of finishing second in Group E a huge boost with a gritty 2-2 draw in the Czech Republic.

Skipper Ramsey opened the scoring for Wales with a brilliant finish for his 18th international goal in 68 appearances.

Now the Juventus midfielder has Estonia in his sights in Tallinn after he missed a potentially costly goalless draw between the sides last month.








Ramsey celebrates his opener in Prague
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Asked if scoring for his country was as big a thrill as ever, Ramsey replied: “It’s the same high. It’s one of the best feelings in the game. If you could bottle it up and sell it, it would be worth a few quid I imagine.

“You get lost in that moment and it’s a great feeling. I really enjoyed myself out there.

“I was obviously frustrated to miss the earlier camp.”





The second-placed Czech Republic possess a superior goal difference and have scored more than third-placed Wales meaning they would currently edge it if the sides are tied at the end of the group.

Manager Robert Page is now promising a bold approach with Connor Roberts and Harry Wilson, who both made impressive impacts as second-half substitutes in Prague, set to start.

While Danny Ward is poised keep his place in goal despite a clanger to gift the Czechs a 2-1 lead before Dan James’ late leveller.

Ramsey added: “We want to finish second in the group and finish off the job we set out to do. It was always going to be difficult with Belgium in the group to finish top but our target was always to finish in the top two.

“It’s a World Cup qualifier and we have prepared like every other game and hopefully we come away with the win.”


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