Bale feeling sharp with Wales

11 June 2021 15:00:38

Gareth Bale says he's excited for Wales to be testing themselves against some of the world's best sides again and feels fighting fit for the start of Euro 2020.

Bale and co get their campaign underway on Saturday afternoon when they face Switzerland in Baku and the Dragons are? for the win, while the Swiss are? and the draw is .

Obviously I'm not 26 sprinting around the pitch anymore.

Gareth Bale

The Welsh then face Turkey and Italy in a tricky-looking Group A as they seek to emulate their exploits at Euro 2016.

On that occasion, Wales went all the way to the semi-finals of the competition, eventually bowing out to Portugal.

Bale was one of the stars of Wales' run to the last-four, scoring three times, and the Real Madrid man will be expected to be the inspiration to his team once more.

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However, the nation's all-time leading goalscorer is now 31 and has been plagued by injuries in recent years, missing 12 games while on-loan at Tottenham this season.

Bale says he's had to adapt his game since the last European Championships as a result of his ailments but remains confident of delivering on the big stage for his team.

"I've got a lot more experience. I've achieved a lot more, I've done a lot more in football, I understand more. That can only benefit me," he told ITV Cymru Wales.

"Obviously I'm not 26 sprinting around the pitch anymore so there will probably be moments where I have to think about my game but I feel good, I feel confident, I feel fit."

On playing for Wales in just their third major tournament, he added: "That's why we want to play football, we want to test ourselves against the best teams in the world.

"We want to represent our country in the biggest tournaments and we're able to do that again, so we're looking forward to it."

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