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Thu 19 May 2022 | 17:23

Wales coach Page backs Ramsey after his Europa League penalty anguish

Aaron Ramsey missed the decisive penalty in Rangers' shootout defeat to Frankfurt, but Rob Page believes the playmaker is a top player.

According to Wales coach

Rob Page

, Aaron Ramsey has the fortitude to put his missed penalty in Rangers'

Europa League

final penalty-kicks loss to Eintracht Frankfurt behind him.

The on-loan Juventus midfield player, who came in in the second half of extra time, missed the sole penalty attempt as Frankfurt won 5-4 in a 1-1 draw in Seville on Wednesday.

It was the first time

Rangers

have lost on penalties in European play since falling to Borussia Dortmund in the last 32 of the 1999-2000 UEFA Cup.

Ramsey was noticeably unhappy after Rafael Borre struck the game-winning penalty for Frankfurt, the first German club to do it since Schalke in 1996-97.

Page, on the other hand, says he has no reservations about picking the 31-year-old to take a penalty if Wales' World Cup qualifying play-off against Scotland or Ukraine goes the distance.

"I have no doubt whatsoever that if it comes to penalties that he will take one," Page said at a news conference on Thursday after naming his 27-man squad for that June 5 showdown in Cardiff.

Quizzed if he still has confidence in Ramsey, Page said: "Absolutely, 100 percent. It happens to the best in the world. Top players, they put themselves up.

"I am so proud of him for putting himself up [to take a penalty]. He is a world-class footballer. He had the courage and conviction to take a penalty. Top players recover from that, no problem."

Gareth Bale, who will become a free agent when his Real Madrid deal lapses in the coming weeks, is also on Wales' newest roster.

Bale's representative stated this week that a return to English football is the most probable option, with the attacker hoping to stay fit ahead of the World Cup in November if Wales qualify for the first time after 64 years.

"I think everybody is probably thinking the same thing about his future," Page said. "It will depend on how 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. The full focus on himself is winning this game against Ukraine or Scotland, so he can worry about that after."

Bale has only started four matches for Real Madrid this season in all tournaments and has not been included in their starting XI for any of their last five games due to a back injury.

The Wales captain is back in training, and Page anticipates that he will be in the Los Blancos team for the

Champions League

final against Liverpool in Paris next week.

"I think Gareth puts himself when he is fit to be available for Real Madrid like he does with us," Page said. "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."

 


source: SportMob



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