Coleman - No Ramsey rift
Chris Coleman says his relationship with Aaron Ramsey has not suffered as a result of his attempt to persuade Ryan Shawcross to play for Wales.
Last Updated: 30/08/12 9:38am
Chris Coleman insists his relationship with captain Aaron Ramsey has not suffered as a result of his unsuccessful attempt to persuade Ryan Shawcross to play for Wales.
Coleman met with the Stoke defender last week with a view to recruiting him to the Wales squad before their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign gets under way next month against Belgium and Serbia.
However, former England Under-21 international Shawcross, who is also eligible to play for the Dragons, refused the opportunity to switch allegiances, committing his future to the Three Lions.
The 24-year-old's Wales snub means he will not be linking up with Arsenal midfielder Ramsey, whose leg was broken in 2010 as a result of a tackle by Shawcross.
Coleman is adamant his approach of Shawcross has not damaged his relationship with the skipper.
He said: "I don't have any concerns about my relationship with Aaron - I think he said himself it was my decision, which it was.
"Aaron is our captain and it was right that I told him what I wanted to do.
"In the end it has all been academic because Ryan has decided he still wants to throw his lot in with England."