Gareth Bale on Wales future: ‘I’ll play as long as I can, as long as I’m wanted’ | Soccer News


Gareth Bale plans to continue his international career despite Wales’ elimination from the World Cup.

Wales’ participation in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar ended on Tuesday as a 3-0 loss to England left them bottom of Group B.

Bale played 45 minutes before succumbing to a hamstring injury at half-time, but the 33-year-old dismissed suggestions it could be his last appearance in a Wales shirt.

“I will continue for as long as I can and for as long as I am wanted,” said the Wales captain. BBC Sports.

“It’s a tough time now. But we’re going back. We have a qualifying campaign [for the European Championship] from March and now we have a few months to step away from international football, which is obviously disappointing.”

When asked if he will participate in the qualifying campaign, he replied: “I hope so, yes.”

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Gareth Bale in action for Wales against England in Qatar

Wales had waited 64 years to contest a World Cup before being knocked out by neighbors and Group B winners England, with Tuesday’s 3-0 loss sending them home winless, a point and a goal to their credit.

It wasn’t the conclusion Wales wanted, but Bale was keen to stress that it shouldn’t detract from the success of ending their long wait for a World Cup final appearance.

He added: “Everyone is disappointed. I think we are all proud of what we have achieved to get here. We have to look at how far we have come.

“Of course we would have liked to top the group, but football is tough. Teams go through good and bad times, and we didn’t quite live up to our expectations in this tournament.

“But we will gain tremendous experience from it and in the future we have to look at how far we have come.

“Being at a World Cup, if you had asked us two years ago we would all have pinched ourselves. It’s disappointing to come out but we’ll all walk out of this dressing room with our heads held high and proud. One of the other.”

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Wales manager Rob Page says Wales haven’t shown their ‘true colours’ after being knocked out of the World Cup but are hungry to qualify for others major tournaments.

Manager Rob Page expressed his disappointment at Wales’ World Cup exit but insisted the overriding emotion was pride, pride in the performance and pride in ending the match. the nation’s long absence from the tournament.

“It’s very hard to cash in,” Page said. “In the first half we were exceptional, the effort from the players off the ball was exceptional. We could have been a bit better on the ball, but I won’t say a bad word about those players, they gave their all today.

“I don’t want to talk about negatives, the boys have changed. We’re disappointed to leave the tournament but if we’re going out, that’s how it was, our performance in the first half was excellent.”

Page continued: “Five minutes before half-time, it [Gareth Bale] felt his hamstring. Joe Allen has been throwing it all in his first 90 minutes for ages. Ben Davies had to come out with an injury. It was a huge effort from the whole group. Getting here is a huge feat. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”


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