AARON RAMSEY has been backed to score a penalty if Wales’ World Cup play-off goes to spot-kicks.
Aaron Ramsey was named in the Wales squad after his penalty woe as Rangers lost the Europa League final to Eintracht FrankfurtCredit: Getty
Ramsey has been backed to score a penalty despite missing the crucial spot-kickCredit: Getty
And Page says he would have no problem in Rambo stepping up again from 12 yards if the June 5 final against either Scotland or Ukraine ends up going the distance.
Asked if he still had faith in Ramsey, Page replied: “Absolutely, 100 per cent.
“It happens to the best in the world. It happened to Gareth (Bale) in the Euros. Top players, they put themselves up.
“I am so proud of him for putting himself up, he is a world-class footballer.
“He had the courage and conviction to take a penalty.
“Top players recover from that, no problem. I have no doubt whatsoever if it comes to penalties that he will take one.”
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Ramsey has one more game with Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s side – Saturday’s Scottish Cup final against Hearts – before he is due to link up with the Wales squad this weekend.
Captain Gareth Bale will lead Ramsey and co as the Welsh bid to make history by reaching the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
But the Real Madrid superstar is expected to miss Wales’ training camp next week due to his club commitments as the Spanish giants face Liverpool in the Champions League final.
Bale will leave the Bernabeu when his contract expires this summer and Page admits the play-off final will clarify if he continues to play on or not at club level but insists he will carry on for Wales until the end of the international window on June 14 at least.
Bale has been linked with a return to Tottenham or his hometown club of Cardiff and Page added: “I think everybody is probably thinking the same thing. It will depend on how that results go with regards to what he does next season with a club.
“The only person who can answer that is Gareth. All I know is whenever he turns up for us he is first class.
“He showed it again and showed his class against Austria with a world-class free-kick. It is not just what he does on the pitch,it is what he does off the pitch as well.
“The full focus on himself is winning this game against Ukraine or Scotland so he can worry about that after. He is here for the full duration, he has made that really clear to me.”
Before that, Bale, who is back in training with Real, could win a fifth Champions League title in Paris on May 28.
Page said: “Gareth puts himself when he is fit to be available for Real Madrid like he does with us. It is down to the manager then whether he wants to select him or not in the squad. I think he is confident he will be involved and we will wait and see whether he is involved. We will then get him in camp as soon as we can.”
Rising stars Brennan Johnson and Sorba Thomas are included but the Welsh pair also have club duties to focus on when Nottingham Forest take on Huddersfield in the Championship play-off final at Wembley a day later with the prize a spot in the Premier League.
Leicester keeper Danny Ward and Bournemouth striker Kieffer Moore return to the Wales fold after missing the March fixtures through injury when Page’s men beat Austria 2-1 to book their final place.
But there is a first call-up for Sunderland striker Nathan Broadhead, 24, who was on loan at the Stadium of Light from Everton and scored 13 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats.
Wales kick-off their busy June schedule with a Nations League opener against Poland in Wroclaw on June 1. Following the play-off final, the Dragons face the Netherlands home and away in League A of the competition either side of a Cardiff showdown against world No2 ranked side Belgium.
Wales squad: Hennessey, Ward, A Davies; Roberts, N Williams, Gunter, Rodon, Mepham, Ampadu, B Davies, Norrington-Davies; Allen, Ramsey, Wilson, Morrell, J Williams, Thomas, Levitt, Colwill, Smith, Matondo; Bale, James, Moore, Johnson, Harris, Broadhead.
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