2022-11-24 16:19:42

Gareth Bale: Wales appearance record amazing but beating Iran more important

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The Independent
By Phil Blanche

Gareth Bale wants to make becoming the most capped mens player in Welsh football history even more special by leading Wales to World Cup victory over Iran.

Bale is set to overtake Chris Gunter, who will be among the substitutes for Fridays encounter, and win his 110th cap at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Doha.

Wales have been boosted by the return to fitness of midfielder Joe Allen, out since mid-September with a hamstring injury, as they enter must-win territory following Mondays 1-1 draw with the United States.

Bale, who made his Wales debut in 2006 and is his countrys record scorer with 41 goals, said: I havent really been focusing on the cap thing to be honest, just trying to focus on the game.

On a personal level its an amazing achievement, its an honour to represent my country so many times.

But its more important that we try and get the victory. Hopefully we can and itll make it even more special.

Bale played the entire game against the USA which, like so many in this tournament, went well beyond 100 minutes due to stoppages and substitutions.

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