Speed hails Ramsey mentality

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Wales manager Gary Speed has hailed Aaron Ramsey's mental toughness as he prepares to welcome the Arsenal youngster back to the international stage.

The 20-year-old midfielder is poised to make his first international appearance since recovering from a badly-broken leg as England visit the Millennium Stadium next Saturday. Ramsey last played for his country in November 2009 and spent most of last year on the sidelines after suffering his horrific injury last February.

"Aaron will be looking forward to it as much as anyone," said Speed. "When you see him play for Wales and the Under-21s, and Arsenal play in the same way, he does seem to suit international football. His recovery says a lot about him physically and mentally."

The former Sheffield United boss added: "He is a young lad, so his body has been able to cope, and I have watched him play in the last couple of weeks and he does steam into tackles. So, mentally he is a very strong person."

Ramsey was named in Speed's 25-man squad for the clash on Friday, along with two other notable recent absentees in Gareth Bale and Craig Bellamy.

Wales have lost their opening three qualifiers and hopes of reaching the finals seem distant, but the returning trio offer hope of pulling off a shock win over the neighbours.

Speed said: "They are match-winners. They can be the difference between a win and a draw or a draw and a defeat.

"The more players like that we have the better chance we have but those players are nothing without the rest of the team.

"We are concentrating on ourselves, it is down to us, but we do know England have got players who can win matches.

"But so have we, and that is what we are going to concentrate on. I think everyone will be expecting England to win and rightly so, if you look at the formbook, but it is my job to try to stop that."

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