Shawcross pursuit won’t be an issue for Wales skipper Ramsey
NATIONAL captain Aaron Ramsey insists he will not have a problem with Ryan Shawcross joining the Welsh squad.
Stoke City defender Shawcross was the opposition player involved when the Arsenal star broke his leg in February 2010.
The pair have not spoken since the incident but Ramsey says he will accept the situation if boss Chris Coleman is successful in persuading Shawcross to sign up for the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.
“There is no situation,” said Ramsey as he prepares for tonight’s match against Bosnia-Herzegovina – the final friendly before the first qualifier at home to Belgium next month.
“The manager is the one who makes the decisions. I’m a player and captain and I just turn up and play.
“I had a text off him (Shawcross) after I broke my leg but I’m over what happened.
“I’ve moved on since then and it’s up to the manager to do what he feels is the right thing for the team.”
Coleman revealed that he has yet to speak with Shawcross or Cardiff City’s Ben Turner about playing for Wales.
“I had a really good conversation with Aaron and, as I expected, he was very mature,” said the manager.
“The bottom line is we want to qualify and we want to get our hands on the best players available.
“Ryan Shawcross is a Premier League defender and has done really well for two or three years now.
“There is an issue there, we know, but people don’t have to like each other to play together and be successful.
“Ben Turner is another player I like,” he added.
“I’ve not had a conversation with either of them yet but we’d like to have them on board.”
Coleman believes Bosnia will provide a good test tonight as he prepares to face the Belgians on September 7 but he will have to do without Gwent stars Jack Collison (knee) and James Collins (hernia) who have pulled out of the squad through injury.