Arsenal midfielder Ramsey to be replaced as Wales captain by Swansea’s Williams

Aaron Ramsey is expected to be removed as captain of Wales by manager Chris Coleman when the squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers is announced, the BBC has reported, with the Arsenal midfielder reportedly making way for Swansea City defender Ashley Williams.

Ramsey was appointed as skipper by former manager Gary Speed, who died in November 2011. Coleman was appointed to the post in January 2012 and has yet to record a victory, losing to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, and Serbia, amongst others.

The BBC adds that Coleman is facing a severe shortage of defensive players, with James Collins likely to have his suspension extended to at least another game and possibly two, while left-back Neil Taylor is definitely out with a fractured ankle and there is a doubt over Celtic’s Adam Matthews, as well as captain-to-be Williams.

Ramsey has 24 international caps to his name, as well as five goals, and was also part of the Great Britain side at the London Olympics. The 21-year-old scored his first goal of the season for Arsenal in midweek, netting in the Champions League against Olympiakos.

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