WE’LL HAVE £85M CHEERLEADER BALE ROARING US ON SAYS CONFIDENT COLEMAN
CHRIS COLEMAN revealed Wales will have the most expensive cheerleader in the world at tomorrow’s big qualification showdown – injured ace Gareth Bale.
Tom Lawrence’s goal beat Georgia to set up the crunch clash.
But Lawrence was only playing following the calf injury to Wales talisman Bale.
Now Coleman says the £85million Real Madrid star will be at the game.
He said: “Gareth will be there, James Collins will be there. Gareth only left us on Wednesday, when we flew over to Georgia.
“He was with us up until then and when we got back from Georgia. I never insisted that they come. It’s not me saying they have to be there, that’s them saying we’re going to be there, make sure we support the boys.
“And we’re going to need it. It’s going to be a hell of a game so we’re going to need all the help we can get.”
Coleman is not expecting a backlash from Seamus Coleman’s broken leg in tomorrow’s showdown.
The Republic of Ireland star has not kicked a ball since he was injured by Neil Taylor’s reckless tackle when the two sides fought out a goalless draw in March.
Taylor was red-carded but Coleman is expecting a fair but physical clash at the Cardiff City Stadium.
He said: “We went to Dublin with our own gameplan, we know what the Republic are good at,
“That’s all we can focus on, it’s the last game of the campaign, all-or-nothing for both teams. So even without the unfortunate incident in Dublin with Taylor and Seamus, this was always going to be a game where there was two teams locking horns.
“There will be lots of contact, it will be physical but there are good players there as well.
“There will be chances and there won’t be much in it. But even before that happened in Dublin it was a physical game as we expected.
“Neil Taylor was absolutely devastated after the game as were we all. Seamus Coleman’s such a good player and you never want to see that happen.”
Wales began their campaign with five draws after beating Moldova at home but they have recovered to take their qualification destiny into their own hands.
■ CROSS THE LINE: Chris Coleman expects a tough but fair clash