Aaron Ramsey is concentrated on becoming a member of Wales’ 100-cap membership after being appointed skipper a decade after the “hurt” of shedding the captaincy.
Ramsey has been given the armband forward of Euro 2024 qualifiers in opposition to Croatia and Latvia, changing Gareth Bale who retired from soccer in January having gained a report 111 caps for the Wales males’s workforce.
The 32-year-old has gained 78 caps and Page says Ramsey becoming a member of long-time teammates Bale, Chris Gunter and Wayne Hennessey as Wales centurions is a motivation for the Nice midfielder to lengthen his worldwide profession.
“I think it could be a motivation for any player, you would want that milestone of getting to 100 caps,” Page stated after additionally naming a 24-man squad and Tottenham defender Ben Davies as vice-captain for this month’s qualifiers.
“But for me I’ve got to strip the emotions out of it. I’ve got a world-class footballer and I’m going to use him while I’ve got him.
“Can he play at the top, top level, two consecutive games in a week? Probably not, we will have to manage that.”
Ramsey has been Wales captain earlier than, having been appointed on the age of 20 by the late Gary Speed in March 2011.
Speed’s successor Chris Coleman gave the armband to Ashley Williams in October 2012 to permit Ramsey to give attention to his soccer.
Page stated: “Aaron was vice-captain behind Gareth and it’s the natural progression to give him the armband.
“He has had so much more experience since the time before. That was part of my reasoning as well.
“To be given the armband and then have it taken off you, would have hurt him a little bit.
“He is in the right time of his career now to represent Wales and lead the boys out.
“He can show the players what it is all about to represent your country. He is relishing it and has embraced every minute of it.
“He is elated and that is why I know he is going to step up to the plate and absolutely deliver.”
As nicely because the departure of report scorer Bale – who Page confirmed has no involvement in an advisory capability after beforehand suggesting that he may need – Gunter, Joe Allen and Jonny Williams have additionally retired from the worldwide scene since Wales’ disappointing World Cup marketing campaign.
Page has named 4 uncapped gamers in his squad for the journey to World Cup semi-finalists Croatia on March 25 and the house recreation with Latvia in Cardiff three days later.
Midfield trio Jordan James, Luke Harris and Ollie Cooper and striker Nathan Broadhead are all included.
Millwall striker Tom Bradshaw returns 5 years on from making his final look on the China Cup following a purpose spree that noticed him named the EFL Sky Bet Championship participant of the month for February.
In-form Nottingham Forest ahead Brennan Johnson options regardless of selecting up a groin pressure at Tottenham on Saturday.
Page stays assured Johnson will probably be match for the first-up Croatia conflict, saying: “Our head of medical has been in contact with Forest and there is a plan for him.
“It’s probably a bit of fatigue with an accumulation of the minutes he has had to play in a tough and demanding league. But we’ll be sensible and make sure he’s in the right place for the matchday.”