Arsenal have no fewer than three World Cup winners in their squad, and they have all inspired Aaron Ramsey to achieve international success with Wales.
Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker all played their roles in Germany’s triumph in football’s biggest competition in Brazil in the summer.
Wales are unlikely to achieve World Cup glory anytime soon, but Arsenal midfielder Ramsey hopes to play in the European Championships or the World Cup at some point in his career.
‘It’s not jealousy or envy of them winning or being in a tournament like that’, the 23-year-old told WalesOnline. ‘Watching the games, the big thing was thinking about hopefully being there with Wales and what an achievement that would be to go to a World Cup or a European Championships...
‘You have a taste of success with your clubs and you want to reach as high as you can with your country too and that would be to qualify for a Euros or a World Cup. That’s what I want to do. That will be one of my biggest goals to try and help this team qualify’.
Ramsey, who won the FA Cup with Arsenal in May, was speaking ahead of Wales’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra at the National Stadium in Andorra La Vella on Tuesday.
It is Wales’s opening game of Group B, and one that they need to win. Chris Coleman’s side will also face Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel and Cyprus in the qualifiers.
The Dragons have some top-class players such as Ramsey and Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, and will fancy their chances of progressing at least to the playoffs.