[Sport] Gareth Bale says 2022 WC qualifying campaign could be his last for Wales


Gareth Bale has admitted that his international career could be coming to an end, with the latest World Cup qualifying campaign potentially being his last in a Wales shirt.

Wales takes on the Czech Republic in Cardiff on Tuesday, looking for their first points in Group E after losing to Belgium in their opener.

Wales still has Euro 2020 to look forward to, which kicks off in June, but Tottenham’s Wales captain will be 33 by the time the World Cup finals in Qatar in 2022.

“I haven’t really thought too much past this campaign,” Bale said on Monday.

“Obviously, there’s no hiding we are getting older and possibly it is the last campaign.

“If it is, then it won’t change my mindset. I’m going to be 100 percent committed like always.

“We still have a big tournament to play in the summer and then continue with these qualifiers after.

“I’m purely focused on the present and what is happening now. Whatever will happen in the future will happen.”

Bale had a poor start to his Tottenham return after arriving with “a little problem in my knee” on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.

In February and early March, however, he scored six goals in as many games, and he claimed to have the “form and pace” to trouble Czech opponents, who started their season by beating Estonia and drawing with Belgium.

Bale said: “Confidence is a massive thing in football. Whether you are the best player or the worst, confidence as a footballer, especially for me, is one of the most important things.

“Playing in the final third you need to take risks, you need to feel good about yourself, and to be able to beat a defender, shoot and score goals.”


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