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Dixon: Wales missed influence of Arsenal midfielder Ramsey

Lee Dixon believes that the absence of Aaron Ramsey was one of the major reasons behind Wales' defeat against Portugal.

Wales suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of Portugal in the semi-finals of Euro2016 and the performance on the night was a relatively meek one from Chris Coleman's side, especially in comparison to their earlier displays.

The absence of midfielder Ramsey for the clash due to suspension most certainly played a huge part in Wales performing below par and former Gunners defender and England international Dixon believes that not being able to call on the services of the Arsenal star was a huge blow for the Dragons.

Dixon said on ITV: "I don't think you can underestimate missing Ramsey.

"He was arguably one of the players of the tournament leading up to that and taking him out of the team unit like that would be like taking Nani out of the Portuguese team.

"It was a little bit of impetus (that was missing). It's the little runs he makes out of midfield which takes back fours backwards towards their own goal and they didn't get round the back, so I think that's a big issue."

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