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Aaron Ramsey delighted to be given Wales captaincy

2012 European Championship qualifying Group G - Wales v England
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Saturday, 26 March Kick-off: 1500 GMT
Coverage: Full coverage on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & online, live text commentary online and score updates on BBC Sport website. Live on Sky Sports 1


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Captaincy is my proudest moment - Ramsey

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey says captaining Wales in their Euro 2012 qualifer against England is the "best moment" in his career so far.

And the 20-year-old hit back at critics who suggest he is lacking experience.

"I think I've made over 50 appearances for one of the biggest clubs in the world and played at a high level so early in my career," said Ramsey.

"Obviously some people are going to disagree with it but me and Gary Speed thought it was the right decision."

Ramsey has 11 senior caps for Wales and scored two goals, but last played for his country in the 3-0 win over Scotland in November 2009.

The Caerphilly-born youngster spent 10 months out of action after a suffering a double-leg break following a tackle by Ryan Shawcross in Arsenal's 3-1 defeat of Stoke in February 2010.

He returned to the Arsenal fold as a substitute in their 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United earlier in March after spending time on loan at Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City where he stepped up his recovery.

Ramsey came through the ranks at Cardiff and was widely regarded as one of Wales' brightest up and coming stars.

He left Cardiff for Arsenal as an 18-year-old in a £5m move and has gone on to make 55 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions scoring five goals.

"It just shows the highs and lows of football, how quickly things can turn around," said Ramsey.

"Obviously I broke my leg just over a year ago and it was a really low occasion for me and now this is the best moment in my career so far."

He added: "Ever since I was a boy I wanted to become a professional footballer and to captain my country and this day has come and it's a very special moment for me and my family.

"My mum and dad put in many miles and time to help me get where I am today so I'd like to thank them.

"I feel over the moon and honoured to be captain of my country at such a young age.

"It was a bit of a surprise but a very nice one. Hopefully now I can lead by example in the way I play. I'm not a screamer and a shouter.

"It's not just me, there's 10 others who could easily be captain.

"It's probably one of the biggest games you could play as a professional footballer and it's going to be a great and special occasion for me to lead the team out in a full house at home and against England.

"We know as a team what we're capable of doing and we're going to go into the game thinking that we can do something in this game and get a positive result.


Wales squad to face England: W Hennessey (Wolves), B Myhill (West Brom), L Price (Crystal Palace), D Collins (Stoke City), J Collins (Aston Villa), N Eardley (Blackpool), D Gabbidon (West Ham), C Gunter (N Forest), L Nyatanga (Bristol C), N Taylor (Swansea), A Williams (Swansea), J Allen (Swansea), A Crofts (Norwich), A King (Leicester), J Ledley (Celtic), A Ramsey (Arsenal), D Vaughan (Blackpool), C Bellamy (Cardiff), S Church (Reading), S Vokes (Wolves, on loan at Sheff Utd), C Evans (Sheff Utd), F Eastwood (Coventry), S Morison (Millwall), H Robson-Kanu (Reading).



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