Do Arsenal want Ramsey and Wales at World Cup? Maybe not

Do Arsenal want Ramsey and Wales at World Cup? Maybe not

Group A will be decided tomorrow and with France expected to win against Belarus to finish top, Sweden will go into the play-offs but and they'll be unseeded as things stand, while Portugal and Switzerland can both still win Group B as they face off tomorrow night.

Handed the armband in the absence of injured duo Seamus Coleman and Jonathan Walters, Hull midfielder Meyler led Ireland to a victory which may have been largely incidental to the bigger picture after a week of talk about what impact Gareth Bale's absence might have on Wales. The game will kick-off at 7:45 PM on October 9.

He insisted he is still proud to represent his country, saying the national team is like a family to him and that he had the support of his team mates and coach Julen Lopetegui, who later gave the defender his backing in a radio interview. Ireland's players can start looking forward to the play-offs after one of the more satisfying nights under Martin O'Neill's management, capped by James McClean's expertly taken goal 12 minutes into the second half.

They also have a chance of finishing as group winners, but only if Serbia fail to beat Georgia.

A draw would guarantee Wales second place in the group, but that may not be enough for a play-off place.

Nevertheless, while in qualifying Wales has not lost a single match, but also five of nine finished in a draw.

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Prijovic struck the victor on 74 minutes in Belgrade as Serbia finished top of European qualifying Group D.

Though the same could be said for Wales who pinned Ireland back early on with Hal Robson-Kanu headed a corner wide after three minutes and Randolph had to tip an Aaron Ramsey shot over. However, with Wales also needed the points to boost their hopes of making it to Russian Federation next year, it is victor takes all.

Wales and Ireland have shut each other out over their past two clashes.

"All I can control is my own group, the players and my staff - that's what I concentrate on and that's what we'll do in this game", said Coleman. "We are too good to do that". However, a 3-0 win (highly unlikely, admittedly) would leave us in an identical position to Greece in the second place table with the same number of goals scored and conceded. We have to do that - it's our strength.

'We have to try and contain our excitement because we've always wanted to be in these games where everything is on it'. "That's the way it's set up".

"I just feel it is a wonderful night for soccer and it's a form of vindication for Martin O'Neill in particular. So let's go for it".