Gareth Bale named in Wales’ squad for EURO 2020 qualifier

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 06: Gareth Bale of Wales applauds fans as he is substituted off during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium on September 6, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Wales manager Ryan Giggs has included Gareth Bale in his 31-man squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia.

The 29-year-old winger had been a doubt for the upcoming international break later this month due to an ankle problem he sustained in Real Madrid’s shock 4-1 Champions League defeat to Ajax last week.

It caused Bale to miss out on Real’s 4-1 La Liga win at Real Valladolid on Sunday in which turned out to be Santiago Solari’s final game in charge as manager after the Argentine was replaced by Zinedine Zidane on Monday evening.

Despite his latest injury setback, Giggs has decided to call upon Bale’s services for this month’s international break.

“I have (had a chat with Bale), I was as worried as anyone else (on his injury), but it is just a quick and he should be fine,” said giggs, according to NorthWalesLive.

“He (Bale) is a fantastic player, when Gareth turns up he gives everyone a lift.

“I’ve said over and over what a quality player he is and a quality person he is.

“When he played for Wales he gives 100% and more often than not performs well.”

The Dragons will first take on Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly on March 20 before playing host to Slovakia in Group E of their EURO 2020 qualifying campaign at the Cardiff City Stadium four days later.

Zidane suggests Bale is now part of Real Madrid’s past

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has implied that Gareth Bale is the past after leaving him as an unused substitute in their disastrous final day defeat to Real Betis.

Giggs has also called up captain Ashley Williams, despite the fact that the 34-year-old defender now plays his football at Stoke City in the Championship in a loan deal from Everton.

“He will be captain – as long as he in the squad,” said Giggs.

The Welsh national team will hold their training sessions at Manchester United’s Carrington ground instead of at Wrexham due to the Colliers Park ground not being ready on time.

“It was a no-brainer in my head,” Giggs added. “I want the best preparation for international football. The players were unanimously behind it.”

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