Wales lost 2-0 in Bosnia on Saturday evening, but midfielder Aaron Ramsey was still celebrating at the final whistle.

Cyprus beat Israel in the European Championships qualifying group, meaning Wales will be off to France in the summer to play at their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

Having said that, they don’t want to be seen as minnows. The Arsenal midfielder has insisted that Wales are very much hoping to threaten ‘bigger’ sides and go as far as they can.

“We are not going to France to enjoy ourselves,” the 24-year-old said. “We aren’t going to make up the numbers

“We have been really difficult to beat and that can be dangerous in a tournament like that.

“The best countries around Europe like to get the ball and attack and we can exploit that on the counter attack. We are really looking forward to that.”

Most teams are able to defend deep, and Wales will be able to form a competent low block marshalled by Swansea City captain Ashley Williams.

Then, Ramsey and headline making team-mate Gareth Bale will have to strike quickly on the break to cause some upsets. And why can’t they?

“We have individuals who can make a difference and create something out of nothing and score goals so we can go there with a lot of expectation.”

Ramsey has proven himself and Bale’s quality isn’t doubted, the pair can cause trouble for any side and when Wales break they will be crucial. Should the team have any success next summer, it’ll come from those two.

Before the tournament arrives, the achievement of qualifying needs to be appreciated. Ramsey, for one, isn’t taking it for granted at all.

“This is up there with one of the greatest achievements of my career and possibly will be till the day I retire,” said the midfielder, who scored the winner in the FA Cup final in 2013. “Hopefully now we can finish the job off on Tuesday.

“Everyone will want to be out there, it is going to be a great occasion at home.

“We have already qualified so I am sure it will be a great atmosphere and one for everyone to remember and be a part of.

“I am really looking forward to it, we are at home and it is going to be a party atmosphere. I am sure all the players will enjoy themselves out there and hopefully we can finish off in style.”

The game Ramsey’s talking about is against Andorra, who Wales face on Tuesday night. There will be an incredible atmosphere in Cardiff, let’s hope he soaks it up and – most importantly for us – comes back uninjured.

Congratulations, Aaron!

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