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Gunners' Welsh wizard delighted to be back

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Although Aaron Ramsey is relishing the prospect of facing Arsenal teammate Jack Wilshere when Wales take on England next weekend, the young midfielder is just pleased to be back playing again.

The 20-year-old has been included in Gary Speed's squad for Saturday's Euro 2012 qualification clash and is set to make his first appearance for Wales since suffering an horrific broken leg in February of last year.

Ramsey made his long-awaited comeback for Arsenal in the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United last weekend and was handed his first Gunners start since suffering his injury against West Brom on Saturday.

And, after having spent spells on loan with Nottingham Forest and Cardiff, Ramsey just can't wait to get a decent run of games under his belt at the top level.

He said: "I'm relishing the next few weeks because I have been out for such a long time, but now I've made my first start for Arsenal in over a year and Wales have got this massive game coming up, so I'm hoping to start that one as well."

The Caerphilly native is certainly in with a chance of a starting berth against England and could well find himself up against Wilshere, after Fabio Capello hinted the 19-year-old will be named in midfield.

Ramsey and Wilshere have struck up a good friendship during their time together at Arsenal, and the former is looking forward to coming up against his colleague.


 

"There has been banter, a few words, between us because we could both start and it would be a good test for both of us," said Ramsey.

"Hopefully Wales will come out on top because we want to qualify for a major championship and we believe we can beat England, even if they have some of the best players in the world playing for them.

"But if we have all our best players available, we can show what we are capable of doing. Any time is a good time to play against England - I haven't really thought about how to stop Jack, I need to concentrate on my own game."

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