Ramsey relieved Wales can now focus on Euro 2016

Date published: Monday 6th June 2016 11:23

Aaron Ramsey: Midfielder unconcerned by friendly results

Aaron Ramsey: Midfielder unconcerned by friendly results

Aaron Ramsey admits he is relieved that Wales have no more friendlies left to play and can now look forward to Euro 2016.

Wales arrived at their Brittany base on Sunday night after losing their final warm-up game 3-0 to Sweden.

The Stockholm setback was Wales’ heaviest defeat since September 2013, but Arsenal midfielder Ramsey was quick to echo manager Chris Coleman’s sentiment that the result means nothing in the grand scheme of things.

“These friendlies always see mixed results, in a way it is good to get that out of the system now,” said Ramsey.

“Now we can look forward to going to the Euros and show what we are capable of doing. Obviously we are going to have to play a lot better than we did against Sweden.

“We know we have to improve on that, but we are confident we are capable of doing that. We’ve had this game but now we can look forward to France and enjoy it.”

Wales’ build-up to their first major tournament in nearly 60 years has been far from impressive.

After celebrating securing a place at Euro 2016 with a routine victory over Andorra in October, they have failed to win any of their four friendlies – losing three and drawing one.

Since qualification was achieved Wales have lost to Holland, Ukraine and Sweden.

They drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in Cardiff when Simon Church’s last-minute penalty prevented another defeat.

Fellow Euro 2016 finalists Sweden, with skipper Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulling the strings, were emphatic winners at the Friends Arena as Wales mounted few attacks until Gareth Bale’s belated arrival.

Bale was protected until the 64th minute with the European Championship opener against Slovakia in Bordeaux just six days away.

Joe Allen, Joe Ledley and Hal Robson-Kanu were also absent through injury, and Coleman will be hoping the trio are available for Saturday’s Group B opener.

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