Ramsey: Wales can make history beyond Euro 2016

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Chris Coleman's men enjoyed a superb qualification campaign, finishing second behind Belgium, and the Arsenal midfielder insists they can kick-start a long period of success

Aaron Ramsey is confident Wales can continue to make history beyond Euro 2016.

Wales qualified for the European Championship for the first time, finishing second behind Belgium in Group B, to secure their place in France.

A talented squad, including the likes of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale and Swansea City captain Ashley Williams, picked up 21 points from a possible 30 en route to qualification.

And Arsenal midfielder Ramsey hopes the finals will be just the start of a long period of success.

He told Omnisport: "We have been waiting a long time for this, and for me it was a goal of mine to try to help Wales qualify for a major championships and having done that, I am so proud that I have done it.

"With this team we have, we are creating history, and hopefully, we can do it for many more years."

Former Cardiff City star Ramsey is also confident about Wales' chances at the finals, citing their success in the qualifying campaign.

"We have done well in the group stages. We have beaten and drawn against Belgium, who I think are in the top three teams in the world, so we can compete against those sort of teams. 

"Hopefully, we can do that on the big stages and in the finals."

Wales finished just two points behind Belgium, losing one game out of 10 - a 2-0 reverse on the final matchday to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Chris Coleman's side have been drawn in the same group as Russia and Slovakia in the finals, as well as England - setting up an exciting clash between the two in Lens - and Ramsey is eagerly anticipating the clash.

"It is the one that I am really looking forward to," he said.

"I have a few [Arsenal] team-mates that will be in the England squad so the banter has been flying a bit, but yeah I am really looking forward to that and I can't wait to play in front of our fans and in that atmosphere.

"They [England] are in the finals so they must be doing something right and they must be a good team, so we'll do our homework so hopefully we can come up better on the day."