Aaron Ramsey believes Wales made a statement of intent with their emphatic 3-0 victory over Russia at Euro 2016 (Wales 40/1 Euro 2016 outright).
The Welsh booked their place in the last-16 in style in Toulouse as they thrashed a lack-lustre Russian side, Ramsey opening the scoring in the 11th minute.
Neil Taylor and Gareth Bale added Wales’ other two goals as they finished top of Group B, ahead of rivals England after they were held to a goalless draw by Slovakia.
Ramsey has admitted that before the competition started Wales would have been happy just to get out of the group on their first appearance at a major tournament in 58 years but they are now aiming a little higher.
The reward for Wales finishing top of Group B is a clash against one of the nations that finish third in either Group A, C or D, with fellow European Championship debutants Albania one potential opponent (Wales 10/11 to reach the quarter-finals).
Ramsey says Wales will approach their next game with plenty of confidence after their fine win over Russia and feels teams will not want to face them given their performances in the group stage.
“We wanted to make a statement, putting Welsh football on the map, to show what we are capable of doing and I think we have done that,” the Arsenal midfielder said.
“We have shown that we are a good defensive team, but also what a good team we are in possession as well. We created loads of opportunities and can be proud of what we have achieved so far.
Wales will assess the fitness of midfielder Joe Ledley ahead of their last-16 tie in Paris on Saturday after the Crystal Palace midfielder was forced from the field during the second half on Monday.[adrotate group=”3″]
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