Aaron’s European Championship Opportunity
With expansion from 16 to 24 teams, the next European Championships offers an enhanced opportunity for tournament football for nations who have traditionally found it difficult to progress to major competitions.
Wales fall into that category and, after winning their opening game against Andorra recently, Aaron Ramsey is determined that France 2016 is the tournament to showcase his – and of course Gareth Bale’s – talents.
“I think this is one of our best ever opportunities to qualify,” says Aaron, who has scored eight times in his 31 appearances for Wales. “We’ve got a growing group of players who are all on board, we have been together for a few years and we understand each other a lot better. We’re really confident and hopefully this will be the one that we qualify for”.
“It would be such a big achievement. Wales have never done it and this is our biggest chance so if we did do it, it would be such an amazing feeling, probably up there with one of the best moments [of my life]. Ive always wanted to play in a major tournament so I’m really looking forward to this campaign.”
And Aaron can look back on an experience two years ago for a tantalising taste of what major tournament football is all about. “I had a taste of it when I played for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics,” he says. “It was really good and a learning curve as well because it was new for some of us to play tournament football. I want more of that and hopefully we can do it with Wales.”