Monday, 6 February, 2023

Bale will continue as long as he is wanted

Gareth Bale shot down suggestions he could have played his final game for Wales after bowing out of the World Cup at the group stage.

Bale was forced to come off at half-time of a 3-0 defeat to England on Tuesday with a hamstring injury.

The 33-year-old, who holds the record for both caps and goals for his country, has consistently ridden to Wales' rescue in recent years despite limited playing time at club level with Real Madrid and now Los Angeles FC.

But he struggled to make an impact in Qatar, despite scoring Wales' only goal of the tournament from the penalty spot against the USA.

"I'll keep going as long as I can and as long as I'm wanted," Bale told the BBC.

"It's a difficult moment now. But we go again. We have a qualifying campaign (for Euro 2024) starting in March and we have a few months to get away from international football now."