CARDIFF, UK, March 25 – Gareth Bale has said he will hit the ground running for Wales as he dismissed Spain’s criticism of his club’s form as a ‘waste of time’.
Bale was at his best scoring twice to take Wales to a World Cup knockout final with a 2-1 win over Austria in Cardiff on Thursday.
The 32-year-old barely played for Real Madrid in the final year of his contract with the Spanish giants and was heavily criticized for declaring himself unfit in Madrid’s 4-0 loss to Barcelona at the weekend. end last.
“I’m not messaging anyone,” Bale told Sky Sports during his badge kiss celebration.
” It’s a waste of time. It’s disgusting and they should all be ashamed of themselves.
Bale had played just 77 minutes at club level since the last international break in November but showed no signs of rust as he carried the hopes of a nation once again.
The four-time Champions League winner netted a perfect free-kick to open the scoring and produced another perfect finish just after half-time to double the home side’s lead.
Wales have not reached a World Cup since 1958, but are now just one game away at home against Scotland or Ukraine from qualifying for Qatar.
“I can take a free kick if I’m fit to play,” added Bale.
“It was nice to see him come in and give us that momentum and nice to get second as well.
“I had cramps at the end, which is normal. I’m gonna throw myself down for this country, we all did it tonight.
Aaron Ramsey also struggled to earn club minutes, both with Juventus and during a loan spell with Scottish champions Rangers.
But he also played the full 90 minutes and said the home crowd could prove the difference in the final.
“It means everything plays out in front of those (fans),” Ramsey said.
“We are one game away from a World Cup which is everything to me, Bale, the crowd, everyone.”
Ramsey also defended his teammate and stressed the importance of playing for his country in Bale.
“It hasn’t been easy for him, but coming to play for his country means everything to him,” added Ramsey.
“We are a great group, we all want to play for each other and we are grateful to have him.”