Ramsey to captain Wales
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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been named captain of Wales ahead of this weekend's UEFA EURO 2012 showdown with England, manager Gary Speed revealed today. Ramsey, 20, will don the armband for the first time as he makes his international comeback following a long lay-off caused by a badly broken leg.

Speed chose Ramsey after veteran striker Craig Bellamy ruled himself out of consideration for the role, citing a niggling knee injury. "Aaron Ramsey will be captain," Speed said. "I thought about it a lot.

"As I have mentioned before, it is about the future and planning ahead. There were two or three candidates. I thought about what is best for the team going forward."

It is about the future and planning ahead. There were two or three candidates. I thought about what is best for the team going forward.
Wales manager Gary Speed on Aaron Ramsey's captaincy

"I spoke to Aaron before making the decision and told him there were certain responsibilities and duties that would go with it, and to see if he was happy with it.

"I'm delighted and he was really happy. I made the decision because I thought it was best for the team and the future of the team."

Ramsey, one of the brightest prospects in British football, was a surprise choice for the captaincy. Defenders James Collins and Ashley Williams, who have both previously captained Wales in Bellamy's absence, had both been tipped for the role.