Bale defends Giggs progress
Gareth Bale has responded to fierce criticism of Wales’s recent performances by insisting they are making progress under Ryan Giggs.
Bale rescued Wales on Friday with a late winner in the 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan. The goal kept hopes of automatic Euro 2020 qualification alive, cutting the gap to Group E pacesetters Croatia and Hungary to three points.
Asked if Wales were improving, Bale said: “Yes. I think we’re still working on things. There’s things we’re improving on. We’re working on his style of play, what he wants us to do and sometimes it does take a bit of time.”
Bale – who is not playing next weekend as he serves a one-match suspension at Real Madrid – is fit for the Belarus friendly and could start.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies and Charlton Athletic midfielder Jonny Williams are likely to be recalled.