Mar 23, 2011

Wales can beat England, says Bale

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2012 European Championship qualifying Group G - Wales v England
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Saturday, 26 March Kick-off: 1500 GMT
Coverage: Full coverage on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & online, live text commentary online and score updates on BBC Sport website. Live on Sky Sports 1

Bale quietly confident ahead of England clash

Wales defender Gareth Bale believes his side can cause an upset against England in the Euro 2012 qualifier at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Wales are currently bottom of Group G having lost their opening three matches of the campaign.

But Tottenham's Bale says that with Gary Speed now manager, Wales can shock Fabio Capello's side.

"We're quietly confident in the camp that we've got enough to pull off an upset," said Bale.

Bale has starred for a Spurs team who have caused upsets against Inter Milan and AC Milan in the Champions League this season.

And having declared himself fully fit following a recent six-week spell on the sidelines, the 21-year old is now hoping to replicate his club form against England in Cardiff.

"People might laugh at us but we fully believe that we've got some good players here and we'll be fully prepared and ready to take it to England," he added.

"I've had a bit of banter with [Jermain] Defoe and [Michael] Dawson back at the club and it will be a great game on Saturday and I'm hoping Wales will come out on top.

"A lot of us haven't played against England for the full team. It will be a great occasion and one we all want to play in.

"I definitely think it will be a great experience for us to play at the highest level and it will stand us in good stead for the future.

"Now is the time we need to start delivering and there's no better game than to beat England."

Bale is back with the Wales squad having missed the 3-0 defeat against the Republic of Ireland in the Nations Cup in February.

Wales have also been boosted by the return of Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, who has not played for his country since the 3-0 friendly win over Scotland in November 2009.

"We're still young, we're still learning and we're both improving at our clubs and we want to keep doing that," said Bale.

With a full crowd there on the weekend it will give us that extra bit of confidence and belief

"If we do then it will be good for the Welsh team."

But Bale has said that team effort, rather than relying on individuals such as Ramsey and himself, will be the key if Wales are to defeat England on Saturday.

"I don't think any player can carry the whole team and it's about the team playing well together and not individuals," said Bale.

"As long as we work as a team then I think we can go a long way."

The clash against Fabio Capello's side will be the first time in six years that Wales have sold out at the Millennium Stadium.

England were the opponents on that occasion in September 2005 with Joe Cole scoring the only goal of the game to secure a 1-0 victory in a World Cup qualifier.

And Bale is hoping that a full house at the Millennium Stadium can inspire a young Welsh side to victory.

"With a full crowd there on the weekend it will give us that extra bit of confidence and belief.

"You've seen what it used to be like five or six years ago with all the fans there.

"I was one of them fans at the time and it was an electric atmosphere. All the fans were with the team.

"We want to be going out to that and feeling comfortable with everybody on our side.

"Hopefully we can turn the Millennium Stadium into a fortress and if we do that we've got a great chance of qualifying, maybe not this campaign, but definitely the next one."

Wales squad to face England: W Hennessey (Wolves), B Myhill (West Brom), L Price (Crystal Palace), D Collins (Stoke City), J Collins (Aston Villa), N Eardley (Blackpool), D Gabbidon (West Ham), C Gunter (N Forest), L Nyatanga (Bristol C), N Taylor (Swansea), A Williams (Swansea), J Allen (Swansea), G Bale (Tottenham), A Crofts (Norwich), A King (Leicester), J Ledley (Celtic), A Ramsey (Arsenal), D Vaughan (Blackpool), C Bellamy (Cardiff), S Church (Reading), S Vokes (Wolves, on loan at Sheff Utd), C Evans (Sheff Utd), F Eastwood (Coventry), S Morison (Millwall), H Robson-Kanu (Reading).

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