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Wales captain Gareth Bale has said his goal in drought for his country “doesn’t matter” and insists he still contributes to the team in other ways.

Robert Big Wills is leading Wales to only their third major international tournament – with the aim of emulating the success under Chris Coleman – with their first match of the competition against Switzerland in Baku on Saturday.

Bale, 31, last scored for his country against Croatia in October 2019, but has made four goals in his previous seven games, and says he is “not concerned” about not scoring in the goals list in recent matches.

“It doesn’t matter. I gave assists. I’m still contributing. I’m not worried,” Bale said in the pre-match press conference on Friday.

“If the opportunity arises to register, I hope to seize it,” he added.


Bale feels his return to Tottenham at the end of the season will benefit Wales’ Euro 2020 campaign

Page, who will take charge of the team during the tournament as Ryan Giggs faces trial in England next year, has backed Wales’ all-time leading scorer to lead his country once again.

“This is not the end of the world,” Page said. “If he doesn’t score, he saves.”

Gareth Bale is Wells'  All-time top scorer with 33 goals
Bale is Wales’ all-time leading scorer with 33 goals

“If he doesn’t score it’s important that he sets goals, and he does.”

Bale is one of eight Welsh survivors who played in the semi-finals of the Euros five years ago, exiting the eventual winner Portugal, and says there “must be expectations” about the team this summer. Competition.

“It’s the same as Euro 2016,” said the Real Madrid striker, who spent last season on loan at Tottenham.

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

Wales’ other two Group A rivals, Italy and Turkey, met in Rome on Friday night, with The Italians won 3-0.

Unlike England and Scotland, Wales will not host any Euro 2020 matches, with their second group stage match against Turkey also taking place in Baku on Wednesday before they travel to Rome to face Italy on Sunday.

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Wales coach Rob Page said it would be a very proud day for him to lead his country at Euro 2020, and gave an update on Aaron Ramsey’s fitness.

“We know it’s hard to get out of a group,” Bell said, as the top two finishers in each group and the best four third-place finishers qualified for the round of 16.

“They are all tough teams to play against, but we have to play one game at a time.

“We are so excited to be here and one day away. I feel so good and ready to give 100 per cent for my country, as I always do.”

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

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey (Pennsylvania)
Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey has made just 19 of the 44 matches he has played since reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

However, Page says there are no concerns about Ramsey, 30, who also missed the Italian club’s last five games in the Serie A campaign due to fitness issues.

“No issues with Aaron at all,” Page said. “He didn’t train yesterday. That was always part of the plan.”

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

“He said yesterday he’s in a good place. That’s great news for us.”

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