Sunday sees the Welsh national team play one of their biggest ever games.
On the brink of qualifying for their first major tournament since 1958, the visit of Israel will have a stunning backdrop. The atmosphere is almost certain to be electric in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.
Welsh legend Kevin Ratcliffe, who won 59 caps for his country, will surely be watching on eagerly and he expects Aaron Ramsey and Ashley Williams to step up just as much as the widely heralded Gareth Bale.
“He (Bale) has grown up with these lads and there really is a togetherness about them,” Ratcliffe said to the Sunday Mirror. “Of course, there are two other world-class players in this Wales team.
“Everyone has seen what Aaron Ramsey can do with Arsenal. And he has been very influential at times during this campaign.”
They are the two men who everyone will talk about. Bale is the talisman, scoring 18 times in 51 appearances for his country. Since 2011 he has 15 goals in 24 games for Wales.
In midfield Ramsey is another star, a key member of Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal side. Ramsey’s talent is beyond doubt and, like Bale, he is peaking at the right time for his country – four of his nine goals for Wales have come in his last 10 appearances. At the age of 20, Ramsey was named captain of the side by Gary Speed, but Ratcliffe thinks the current captain should be seen at the same level as the two superstars in the squad.
“But I think you can include Ashley Williams in that bracket, too,” Ratcliffe said of the Swansea skipper, who now captains his country as well.
“He would walk into any Premier League team – possibly with the exception of Manchester City – and I would go so far as to say that I would be more worried about our prospects in France if he wasn’t available.”
Luckily he is and, alongside Ramsey and Bale, has the chance to help make history on Sunday afternoon.