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Wales captain Aaron Ramsey willing to forget his injury feud with Ryan Shawcross


Wales captain Aaron Ramsey has pledged to put his personal differences with Ryan Shawcross to one side in a bid to lead his country to the 2014 World Cup.

Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, wants to call English-born Shawcross into his squad for the Group A qualifiers despite the defender's strained relationship with his captain.

Ramsey, 21, was out of action for nine months with a double leg fracture following Stoke City defender Shawcross's challenge in February 2010.

The pair are yet to speak since, with Arsenal midfielder Ramsey choosing to ignore Shawcross's apology as he lay in hospital.

Coleman admits that there is still an "issue" between them, but Ramsey, who captains Wales in their friendly against Bosnia tonight, claims the incident is now forgotten.

Ramsey said: "I'm over what happened in the past and I've moved on since then. I haven't been in contact with him. I had a text off him straight after I did my leg but that was it. There is no situation.

"Chris is the manager and he is the one who makes the decisions, so, ultimately, it is up to him."

Coleman, who intends to hold talks with Shawcross in the coming days, said: "The bottom line is we want to go to Brazil. We want to have the best possible players we can get our hands on and Ryan's a Premier League centre-back who can offer us something.

"If he comes on board then I don't expect Aaron and Ryan to be best of mates. All that matters is they work hard on the pitch and respect each other."

Scotland, meanwhile, are preparing to play Australia tonight and manager Craig Levein insists Rangers players could still have a future in his team despite the club's demotion to the Third Division.

"What I said when I announced the squad is that it will be more difficult for the Rangers players because the standard in the Third Division isn't akin to international football," said. "I also said that the door wasn't closed."