Wales manager Chris Coleman has dismissed Chris Waddle’s suggestion that Gareth Bale should focus his efforts on his club career as “nonsense”.
Bale has scored 11 goals in his last ten games for club and country, and the former Spurs midfielder’s comments have disappointed the Welsh boss.
The Spurs winger is known to love playing for his country and there is no way at all he will every change this heart on the matter.
He said: “Gareth is passionate about playing for Wales. When he’s here he gives his best, he’s either scoring goals or making goals and obviously loves being here.
“You have people who will come out and say things, and it’s surprising someone who has played international football as Chris did for England has come out and said things like that.
“I am sure he was passionate about playing for England, so why is Wales any different?
“Alright, we haven’t qualified (for a major finals) since 1958 but we’re a small nation and it will always be hard.
“Does that mean we can’t be passionate about playing for our country, playing in every game and wanting to win every game?
“Does it mean if we don’t qualify it doesn’t matter? It’s nonsense. Whoever you play for or play against for your country it means something and it does for Gareth.”
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