Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey ‘gutted’ to be ruled of Euro 2016 semi-final but backs Wales to beat Portugal without him

Aaron Ramsey is ‘gutted’ he will miss Wales’ Euro 2016 semi-final – but is confident they can reach the final without him.

The Arsenal midfielder produced an outstanding performance for his country as they stunned Belgium on Friday night to reach the last four of a major international competition for the first time.

The celebrations were tinged with disappointment, however, after Ramsey and Tottenham defender Ben Davies received yellow cards which will rule them out of Wednesday’s semi-final showdown with Portugal in Lyon.

Ramsey, who was booked for handball, said: “It was a sort of natural reaction and I knew straight away it was a yellow.

“I’m really gutted. We have to beat Portugal. I am sure it will sink in before then that I will not be playing, but I will be right behind my team, cheering them on and kicking every ball.

“I will be right in the mix of it, so hopefully they can do it. I’m confident in the players we have to step in and get us to the final.

“We are a team and we showed it against Belgium. It is about this team showing what we are capable of doing and getting to the final.”

Ramsey has been among the best players of the tournament, and played a key role in all of Wales’ goals in the 3-1 win over Belgium.

“I wanted to stand up and be counted, so I am delighted I was able to help my team and grab a couple of assists that meant we won quite comfortably in the end,” said.

“It was a very special night for us. We have a great team, great staff, great fans – and when you have the right balance then special nights like this can happen.”

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