Belfast Telegraph

European Qualifiers: We won't just be making up numbers says Welsh ace Aaron Ramsey

By Andrew Gwilym

Aaron Ramsey has warned Europe's elite not to take Wales lightly at next summer's finals in France.

Wales booked their place at a first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, despite suffering a 2-0 defeat to Bosnia & Herzegovina in Zenica on Saturday. Goals from Milan Djuric and Vedad Ibisevic could not dampen Welsh spirits as players, staff and fans celebrated in the pouring rain at the Bilino Polje Stadium.

Preparations for next year's European Championship can now begin in earnest, but Ramsey has made it clear Wales will not be content simply to cross the Channel, play three group games and come home.

"We have been really difficult to beat and that can be really dangerous in a tournament like that," said the Arsenal midfielder. "The best countries around Europe like to get the ball and attack and that can be quite dangerous as we can exploit that on the counter-attack.

"We aren't going just to make up the numbers. We have been really difficult to beat in this campaign so we are going to give it everything."

Manager Chris Coleman echoed his sentiments and believes the tactical approach that has served Wales so well during this campaign - with a disciplined defence soaking up pressure and allowed the likes of Gareth Bale and Ramsey to strike quickly on the break - will do so again next summer.

"We can't be going there thinking 'it'll be nice'. That is not what it is about," Coleman said.

"I think we've got the sort of players where we can soak it up and on our day we can hurt anybody.

"We've played like a good international outfit and that's why we've got results."

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