FIFA World Cup: Wales captain Gareth Bale says he is 100% fit to play for his country at their first World Cup…
FIFA World Cup: Wales captain Gareth Bale says he is 100% fit to play for his country at their first World Cup since 1958. The 33-year-old is Wales’ all-time top scorer with 40 goals in 108 games but has struggled with injuries this walk. season. Follow FIFA World Cup 2022 Live Updates with Akashera.IN.
Wales kick off their campaign against the USA next Monday and also face Iran and England in Group B.
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“I’m fully fit and ready to go. If I’m going to play three 90s (minutes), I’ll play three 90s.” Bale told a press conference on Monday.
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“It has been difficult, mentally more than anything else. I guess for everyone the last three or four weeks it’s been difficult, even hearing stories about players going down knowing they’re going to miss the World Cup.
“Talking to a couple of the boys, even for them to have to play this weekend was tough mentally and we’re just praying not to get an injury at all because it’s such a big event.”
Bale said Wales was determined to speak out on human rights and LGBT issues around the World Cup.
Qatar has come under intense pressure over its treatment of foreign workers and restrictive social laws, prompting many participating teams to raise concerns. The country has denied allegations that workers were exploited.
“Obviously, for us as footballers, it’s been a difficult subject to talk about,” he said.
“But we can shed light on the ongoing problems.
“As footballers, the most we can do is raise awareness and it’s for people higher up to make these decisions and hopefully make changes for the better.”
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