Ben Davies takes the captain’s armband for Wales in Ramsey’s absence
Ben Davies will lead the Welsh national football team in the absence of Aaron Ramsey, who is sidelined due to a knee injury. Manager Robert Page revealed that Davies was not only considered the stand-in captain but was also in the running for the permanent captaincy.
Cardiff City’s Aaron Ramsey, who took over the captaincy from the retired Gareth Bale earlier in the year, will miss Wales’ upcoming matches against Gibraltar and Croatia due to his injury. As a result, Davies, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur, will step in as the captain for these games.
Page acknowledged that the decision was a close one, emphasising Davies’ qualities as both a footballer and a professional. He praised Davies as a top individual and noted that he had previously captained the team on occasions, showcasing his leadership abilities.
While Davies will assume the captain’s role temporarily, Page expressed his belief that the 30-year-old defender has the potential to become a full-time captain in the future. He referred to Davies as “captain material” and highlighted his importance to the team over the past couple of years.
Davies, with 80 caps for Wales since his debut in 2012, has previously served as captain, including notable matches against England and South Korea. His experience and leadership on the field make him a valuable asset to the Welsh squad.
Wales faces Gibraltar in a friendly match before a crucial European Championship qualifier against Croatia. Currently fourth in Group D, Wales aims to secure automatic qualification for the tournament in Germany. A positive result against Croatia is vital for their hopes of achieving this goal.
While Aaron Ramsey’s absence is a setback, Ben Davies is ready to take up the captain’s armband and lead Wales in their quest for success.