Should Gareth Bale Retire From International Football

Bale's immediate future was questioned after they were knocked out of the Euro 2021. The 31-year-old claimed he has decided on his future, but he'd wait until he made it public after this summer's Euros since it'd 'create mayhem.' Bale has stated however in his most recent interview that he wishes to carry on playing for his country. It is his dream to play at the World Cup and he hopes he will be fit to play against Belarus and Estonia in their next qualifiers.

A transfer away from Real Madrid, where he has been on loan to Tottenham Hotspur since last summer, has been suggested for Gareth Bale. One matchbook bonus offer that is attracting a lot of popularity is on the Welsh man joining Cardiff City but I cannot see them being able to afford his wages. After Wales' 4-0 loss against Denmark on Saturday  He was at the center of his team's most productive period, tearing through the Danish defense in the first 20 minutes of the game.

Denmark has won each of their previous four competitive matches with Wales, a streak that dates back to June 1999 and spans over two decades. They inflicted the worst loss on Wales in nine years to reach the quarter-finals this Saturday. Kasper Dolberg was on fire yet again and scored two while Joakim Maehle and Martin Braithwaite also were on the goal sheet.

Bale claimed that decisions about refereeship had been taken against the Welsh, who finished the play with ten men after Harry Wilson was dispatched for tripping an opponent. Wales' manager Rob Page said Denmark's 4-0 loss in the last-16 of Euro 2020 did not represent its performance.

In the 2020/21 season, Bale scored 16 goals for Tottenham but was scheduled to return to Real Madrid, where his contract ends in the summer of 2022. Just 18 months from the World Cup, I can't see Bale playing a crack at it for at least one more season. He could complete his contract with Real Madrid and then if Wales qualifies for the World Cup he could take a few months off and travel as an "unattached" player to the tournament before calling it a day.

Longer-term, Wales has a plan. The Euros is the third-youngest team in their history and they are growing this approach to take players from the U17s, the U21s, and the senior team through their ages. Their main aim is to qualify for big tournaments, instead of missing out and having to watch England, which is not a pleasant viewing normally.

Page is likely to stay in control while Ryan Giggs prepares for his criminal trial in January. This means that Page will oversee the whole World Cup qualification campaign, but he can do the job.

However sad it was for Wales fans and the players getting knocked out of the Euros, there is a longer-term strategy for a better future. It is also part of the goal to be here for the next Euros and qualifying from the World Cup group. But ultimately it was a wasted opportunity to the Welsh, who five years ago surprised semi-finalists in France at the last euro.

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