Wales manager Chris Coleman has backed Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to lead the national side for the next ten years despite seeing the youngster get himself into hot water with the Football Association of Wales officials over his representation for Team GB at the Olympic Games.
Ramsey is one of four Welsh players to have gone against the wishes of senior figures in the national football association by agreeing to play for Great Britain, but Coleman insisted that his decisions wouldn’t be swayed based on what others felt should be done, putting his weight behind the 21-year old Gunners midfielder.
“There are no question marks about how proud Aaron is to play for Wales and I’ve no problem with him,” said Coleman.
“If I wanted another captain then I would have appointed another one when I took the job. When I make my mind up, that’s it.
“It won’t please everybody – but I see Aaron as a captain and a major part of Welsh football over the next ten years, he’s a super player. I’ve also seen the way he handles himself around the camps, especially in America. I was very impressed.”
Coleman however seemed less than optimistic over Ryan Giggs’ possible return to the national fold for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers despite seeing the Manchester United veteran take the captain’s armband for Team GB at the London Olympics.
“My heart says it would be nice if he came back – but my head says that is not going to happen because he has signed another contract with Manchester United.”
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