Aaron Ramsey would have every right to feel a bit sorry for himself this morning. Having played brilliantly and got two assists to help Wales into the semi-finals of the European Championships, he also picked up a yellow card which will rule him out of the clash with Portugal.
Instead the Arsenal midfielder is backing his compatriots to cope without him, and continue a remarkable tournament for them in the final.
Speaking after last night’s 3-1 win over Belgium last night, Ramsey said, “Now we have to beat Portugal. I am sure it will sink in before then that I will not be playing – but I will be right behind my team, cheering them on and kicking every ball.
“I will be right in the mix of it, so hopefully they can do it.”
And on his performance, in which he stood out during a great display from the Wales team, he said, “It was up there with the best performances of my career, especially on the stage that it was.
“I wanted to stand up and be counted, so I am delighted I was able to help my team and grab a couple of assists that meant we won quite comfortably in the end.”
Let’s hope Wales can do the business in the semi-final, and Ramsey gets a chance to make history in the final game of the tournament.