The captain of the Wales national team, Gareth Bale, after losing 0-3 to England and ending the world championship in Qatar, stated that he still wants to play for the national team. The star forward, who missed the island derby with a muscle strain, is already looking forward to the next qualifying cycle for the 2024 European Championships.
“I will play for the national team as long as I can. And as long as they want me here,” said Bale in an interview with the BBC.
The 33-year-old shooter is the record holder for the Welsh national team with 111 games and 41 goals. He helped the “Dragons” to the World Cup after 64 years, and in 2016 he was a central figure in a historic run to the Euro semi-finals.
“It’s difficult to talk about it right after the World Cup ends, but we have another qualifier starting in March. We had a break of a few months, which we regret, we wanted to stay in the tournament a little longer.”Bale added.
The five-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid no longer shines like in previous years due to frequent injuries. After a summer transfer to the Los Angeles Galaxy, he played 13 games and scored three goals, but most of them started on the bench. At club level, the Welsh team’s second biggest personality, Aaron Ramsey, is also not doing well, whose career has also been accompanied by health problems.
“Many of our important players don’t even start well in their clubs. And then we want them to continue to perform well for the national team.” complained coach Rob Page, who replaced Bale at half-time with a muscle strain. “He always wants the best for the team. He can play like that with 70 per cent, which is not enough against a team like England.” said the coach, who also did not expect Bale to end his international career after the World Cup.
Wales finished the group with one point in last place in Group B. “Just advancing to the championship is a huge success for us, but we are far from showing what we are capable of in the tournament. Everyone in the team knows that.” Page reviewed.
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