Ramsey eager to silence Vermaelen taunts when Wales face Belgium

After sharing a mocking exchange with his domestic team-mate, the captain is keen for his side to begin their World Cup qualifying campaign on a good note

Wales captain Aaron Ramsey has said he is keen to put an end to taunting text messages from his Arsenal team-mate Thomas Vermaelen when they take on Belgium on Friday night.

Chris Coleman’s side begin their qualifying campaign for World Cup 2014, and Ramsey is keen to dent the Belgian’s confidence and start with a win at Cardiff City Stadium.

"It has been going on for a few months now," Ramsey told Sky Sports.

"We all know the quality they have, a lot of their players have established themselves in the Premier League and started the season well.

"Obviously [Vermaelen] has been giving me a bit of banter over the last few weeks, which I won't repeat, but we are looking forward to it and we are confident in our own abilities, we have some very good players in our squad as well.

"We are at home as well, with our home support behind us and hopefully that will help us get off to a good start."

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Meanwhile, Coleman is also positive of a good start despite the loss of regulars like Wayne Hennessey, Craig Bellamy and Neil Taylor through injury.

Coleman said: "We can talk all day about how good Belgium are and the individual players they have got, but this is a game of football and when you go into a contest anything can happen.

"We know all about Belgium, but we can't go into the game thinking maybe if we get lots of luck we can sneak through it and go in under the radar.

"We can't have that approach and we won't have that approach.

"They are coming into our backyard, into our capital and we have good players and have to bring it on the night.

"We don't want to concern ourselves too much with how good Belgium are.

"We have got to go into it with confidence, with belief and courage and in a game of football over 90 minutes anything can happen. We know that, we have seen it before."