With Wales on the brink of qualifying for a major tournament for the first time since 1958, it is almost time to get excited about who they may face.
Aaron Ramsey isn’t getting ahead of himself just yet, but he does admit that a potential clash with England at next summer’s European Championships would create an excited atmosphere in the Arsenal dressing room.
“I think there will be a bit of banter between me and some of my team-mates at Arsenal,” Ramsey said of the prospect of the Three Lions facing Wales in France.
“It is always a great game, committed game. I have been involved in two before. So yeah why not? If it does happen it will be a great game.”
England’s 6-0 win in San Marino confirmed Roy Hodgson’s side as the first to qualify for next summer’s tournament, and a number of Arsenal players will hope to feature heavily. Theo Walcott scored two in Saturday’s win after coming off the bench, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played from the start. Both Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere are injured right now but are at the very forefront of Roy Hodgson’s plans. Wilshere scored twice in a win over Slovenia at the end of last season, while Welbeck has netted six times during qualifying so far.
Ramsey will be desperately hoping that Wales finish the job in their last two qualifiers, and they are in a very strong position to do so. Should they take just one point from an away game against Bosnia and a home game against Andorra they will be in France when the competition kicks off in June.
Hopefully for Ramsey, and for us, they are there. A draw which pits them against England in December would certainly be an exciting one.