Bale vows to continue playing for Wales

Captain Gareth Bale said he will continue playing for Wales for “as long as I’m wanted” after defeat by England sealed their World Cup elimination.

A 3-0 loss at Doha’s Ahmad bin Ali Stadium means Wales end a disappointing World Cup campaign bottom of Group B.

But Bale vowed to return for international duty when Wales begin Euro 2024 qualifying in March.

“Just because we have had a difficult tournament, it doesn’t mean it’s an end of an era,” said the 33-year-old.

There had previously been speculation that former Real Madrid and Tottenham forward Bale would retire after this World Cup, Wales’ first since 1958.

Rob Page’s team leave Qatar having taken only one point from three group games and with a feeling they have not done themselves justice at the tournament.

Bale, the nation’s most-capped male player, is one of a number of senior figures in the Wales squad, but he rejected the suggestion that the end of this World Cup campaign could prompt a period of transition for Page’s team. –BBC

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