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Euro 2020: Gareth Bale says Wales goal drought ‘does not matter’ ahead of opener against Switzerland

Wales captain Gareth Bale says his goal drought for his nation “doesn’t matter” and insists he’s nonetheless contributing to the group in different methods.

Robert Page is main Wales into solely their third main worldwide event – aiming to emulate the success achieved below Chris Coleman – with their first sport of the competitors against Switzerland in Baku on Saturday.

Bale, 31, final scored for his nation against Croatia in October 2019, however he has created 4 targets in his earlier seven appearances and says he is “not worried” about not getting on the scoresheet in current video games.

“It doesn’t matter. I’ve made assists. I’m still contributing. I’m not worried,” Bale stated on the pre-match press convention on Friday.

“If the chances arise to score, hopefully I can take it,” he added.

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Bale feels his return to kind for Tottenham on the finish of the season will profit Wales’ Euro 2020 marketing campaign

Page, who will take cost of the facet throughout the event as Ryan Giggs is dealing with trial in England subsequent yr, has backed Wales’ all-time goalscorer to as soon as once more ship for his nation.

“It’s not the end of the world. If he’s not scoring he’s supplying goals,” Page stated.

Gareth Bale is Wales' all-time top scorer with 33 goals
Bale is Wales’ all-time prime scorer with 33 targets

“If he’s not scoring it’s important he’s setting up goals, and he’s doing that.”

Bale is one of eight survivors from Wales’ squad that went on a semi-final run on the Euros 5 years in the past, the place they had been knocked out by eventual winners Portugal, and says there “should be expectations” across the facet going into this summer season’s event.

“It’s similar (to Euro 2016) coming into the tournament,” stated the Real Madrid ahead, who spent final season on mortgage at Tottenham.

“On the back of 2016 there should be expectations, but it’s a different team and a different tournament.”

Wales’ different two Group A rivals Italy and Turkey met in Rome on Friday evening, with the Italians coming away with a 3-0 victory.

Unlike fellow residence nations England and Scotland, Wales won’t host any video games at Euro 2020, with their second group-stage match against Turkey additionally in Baku on Wednesday earlier than they journey to Rome to face Italy on Sunday.

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Wales supervisor Rob Page says it is going to be an especially proud day for him to steer his nation at Euro 2020, and has given an replace on the health of Aaron Ramsey

“We know it’s a difficult group to get out of,” Bale stated, with the highest two finishers in every group and the 4 greatest third-placed finishers progressing to the final 16.

“They are all difficult teams to play against, but we’ve got to take one game at a time.

“We are very excited to be right here and at some point away. I really feel wonderful and able to give 100 per cent for my nation, as I at all times do.”

Wales rested Aaron Ramsey for the two pre-tournament warm-up games against France and Albania and the Juventus midfielder sat out Thursday’s training session.

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey (PA)
Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has featured in solely 19 of the 44 video games they’ve performed since reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016

However, Page says there aren’t any considerations over Ramsey, 30, who additionally missed the Italian membership’s 5 remaining video games of the Serie A marketing campaign with health points.

“There are no issues with Aaron whatsoever. He didn’t train yesterday. That was always part of the plan,” Page stated.

“We worked backwards from Switzerland. Aaron has always been part of the process.

“He stated yesterday he is in place. That’s nice news for us,” he added.

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