Wales captain Gareth Bale revealed that he is in contention to start in a World Cup qualifier against Belarus for his 100th international cap. Bale is set to become the second Welshman to reach the milestone, 15 years after Chris Gunter did so. The Real Madrid winger was touch and go after suffering a hamstring that threatened to keep him out of the crucial World Cup qualifier. Bale had become the youngest ever player in 2006 against Trinidad and Tobago at the age of 16 years and 315 days.

“It has been an incredible journey and one that started very young,” Wales captain Gareth Bale said. “To get 100 caps will personally be an incredible achievement and one you never think about when you start out. We have been through the lows when I first joined to grow Welsh football, to try to put it on the right path and inspire the generations coming through.”

“I think even now the youngsters have watched us come from a lower-ranked team to a higher-ranked team. It has given them the drive to push to get better as we have been that inspiration through the years,” he added. “We have all bought into it – the fans, the team, the staff – and every manager has bought into the same philosophy that we want to push Welsh football as far as we can. We have done a great job and hopefully, there is more to come. The World Cup is something at the top of everyone’s list.”

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