Coleman describes Wales and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey as "world class"

Wales' Aaron Ramsey in action

Wales take on Serbia tomorrow in their World Cup qualifying group.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey

Wales manager Chris Coleman has described Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey as "world class" in the build up to their crucial qualifier against Serbia tomorrow evening.

Coleman was speaking in the press conference before the clash and was very complimentary of the 25-year-old, who had only just returned to first team action following a near three month injury lay off.

It will be Ramsey's first appearance for the Welsh national team since the stunning victory against Belgium in the European Championship quarter finals in the summer.

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In a team that is dominated by the talents of Gareth Bale, Coleman chose to praise the Arsenal man and believes he could slot into any team in the world.

"Because I've seen him up close, in a tournament, I've seen the level he's at, he could play for anybody," said Coleman.

"There's not a team on the planet he couldn't play for when he's at his best.

"That's not a biased opinion because I'm a Welshman and we all love Rambo - I'm looking at it clinically.

Wales manager Chris Coleman during the press conference

Ramsey was one of Wales' star men in the summer when the nation shocked everyone by advancing through to the quarter finals while England languished in the last sixteen after losing to Iceland.

However, a hamstring injury picked up in the opening day 4-3 defeat to Liverpool meant he missed all the fixtures in September and October as Wales only picked up five points from three games, with dropped points against Georgia and Austria, and Coleman believes this had a negative impact on the squad back then.

"We were without him for the first three games and it was a blow for us that - it would be a blow for anyone," 

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"It was disappointing and frustrating. You have to say, without Aaron Ramsey, take him out of any team and it's a loss. So it's nice to have him back.

Wales lie two points behind Serbia in Group D with the Republic of Ireland sandwiched in between. It is the last game before travelling to Ireland in March.

 

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