World Cup:Bale still a key man for Wales

2021-08-25 10:49:36 1983

Gareth Bale has been included in the Wales squad for September's World Cup qualifiers, quashing rumours that the forward would retire after Euro 2020.

Bale was part of the Wales team that progressed to the last 16 at this summer's European Championships.

But following their 4-0 defeat to Denmark, the forward refused to answer questions about his future involvement for the national team, prompting suggestions he may not be involved in the World Cup.

Page selects Bale

But manager Rob Page has backed Bale to be a crucial part of the squad as Wales bid to qualify for their first World Cup since 1958.

The squad does not feature any uncapped players with Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey also involved, while Connor Roberts and Ben Cabango are out.

Finland first

They will face Finland in a friendly in Helsinki at the start of September before continuing their World Cup qualification campaign with a clash against Belarus.

Speaking about the squad, Page said: "As a player, manager, you want to be part of a World Cup. The boys will go down in history if they qualify.

"Of course he [Bale] is going to want to be a part of that.

"He's no different but to do that you just can't turn up and play for Wales - you've got to give it your best and play for your club. There's no argument there, he's ticking all the boxes."