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areth Bale was draw­ing com­par­isons to yan Giggs long be­fore he started turn­ing in match win­ning per­for­mances for Wales. Hav­ing net­ted seven time on route to help­ing his coun­try ual­ify for their rst ma­jor nals since the 19 8 World Cup, it is hard to ar­gue the eal Madrid winger has not be­come an even greater in uence on his na­tional team than his men­tor ever was.

t will be fas­ci­nat­ing to see the for­mer ot­ten­ham Hot spur game changer per­form in the in­ter­na­tional lime­light and in Wales’ sec­ond group match, he will come up against plenty of fa­mil­iar faces in the form of England. Hodg­son’s squad is al­most cer­tain to be im­pres­sively youth­ful, with the likes of Harry Kane, oss Barkley and Eric Dier all 22 be ing com­ple­mented by aheem Ster­ling 21 , ohn Stones 21 and Dele Alli 20 .

England, with their ar­ray of Pre­mier League ta­lents, will en­ter the match as favourites, but in Bale Wales have the world’s most ex­pen­sive foot­baller. It prom­ises to be one of the most an­tic­i­pated matches of the group stages – and the fact Bale, whose grand­mother was born in England, could have repre sented the Three Li­ons rather than the Welsh Dragons is sure to be men­tioned more than once in the build up.

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