Ramsey talks up Gareth Bale ahead of Wales opener

Wales captain Aaron Ramsey has stated that Gareth Bale is an important man for the nation ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Belgium.

The Celtic nation are expecting a tough game against the emerging central European nation, with Premier League superstars such as Eden Hazard and Marouane Fellaini in toe for the Belgians.

However, Ramsey has stated that Bale has the ability to outshine any of the opponents’ attacking players.

“This is the first game to ­actually qualify for Rio – that’s our target,” Ramsey told Mirror Football.

“Belgium is going to be a good test as they have some talented players playing at the highest level.

“But I personally wouldn’t swap Gareth for any of their lads. He is always a threat creating and scoring goals.

“He has that quality to whip in a ball or come inside and shoot from distance and cause a problem for the goalkeeper.

“You can’t say he has got off to a slow start, he’s created a few opportunities in the games I’ve seen on Match Of The Day.

“Spurs have had a tough start to the season but he has ­definitely shown on the training field he is as good as ever.

“He has a few hat-tricks, like against Inter Milan when he tore Maicon apart. He is definitely a player who can be the key for us to unlocking defences,” the Arsenal midfielder concluded.

By Gareth McKnight