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Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey reacts to Jack Wilshere's critical assessment of Wales

Wales' Aaron Ramsey in action

The duo could meet on the pitch when England face Wales on Thursday.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey in actionWales' Aaron Ramsey in action

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has claimed that Wales are the better team ahead of Thursday’s crunch clash with England, in quotes published by BBC Sport.

Words have been exchanged in the build-up to the game with Jack Wilshere earlier claiming that England would win every time ‘on paper’ and his fellow Gunner has now given his two cents.

England's Jack Wilshere warms up before the matchEngland's Jack Wilshere warms up before the match

"I believe we have the best team. We've been through a lot. We're seeing the rewards," said Ramsey.

He added: "We've been together through thick and thin. We fight for each other, we work our socks off for each other.”

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale also echoed that sentiment with comments that are likely to stoke up tension ahead of the vital game.

Wales' Gareth Bale celebrates after the matchWales' Gareth Bale celebrates after the match

"I'm not saying England don't have pride or passion, I'm sure they do. I just feel that we have more. I'm sure they have their opinion that they have more also,” said the Welshman.

"I just feel, whether it's football, rugby or whatever sport it is, in Wales we seem to have that next level."

England failed to begin their tournament with a win after a late Russian equaliser forced a share of the spoils in a game thoroughly dominated by the Three Lions.

England v Russia - EURO 2016 - Group BEngland v Russia - EURO 2016 - Group B

Wales meanwhile, grabbed a vital three points in their group opener against Slovakia, with a Gareth Bale freekick and a Robson-Kanu strike the difference in a close encounter.

Arsenal team-mates Ramsey and Wilshere may well face off against each other should Roy Hodgson opt to make any changes to his England side after their disappointing result on Saturday.

Wilshere impressed after coming on as a late substitute and may be in contention for a starting spot on Thursday.

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