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Lawrence: Wales cannot rely only on ‘world-class’ Gareth Bale

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Tom Lawrence warned Wales against leaving everything up to Gareth Bale as the entire team must “chip in and help” out.

With the drama over his Real Madrid future behind him, Bale enters the international break in strong form for Wales.

The 30-year-old even scored both goals in Los Blancos’ 2-2 La Liga draw at Villarreal last weekend. While he did get a red card later in stoppage time, it didn’t prevent manager Zinedine Zidane from being “happy” with his performance.

Now Bale will hope to continue his rich rein of form for Wales’ Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan on Friday night.

Victory in Cardiff is a must for Ryan Giggs’ side considering they sit only fourth in Group E on three points from three matches. Therefore, anything less will be a big blow for Wales’ hopes of securing a top-two finish, and a spot in next summer’s championship.

But Lawrence believes the Dragons must not leave everything to Bale, and called on his team-mates to step up.

“We can’t leave it all down to Gareth himself, other players have got to chip in and help the team,” the Derby County midfielder told Sky Sports.

“There’s a few of us pushing for a start on Friday and we’ll all be looking forward to getting on the pitch.

“When he (Bale) is playing he’s one of the world’s best. Every time he can get on the pitch for Wales is a bonus.

“It always helps when you’re playing games. When you’re not match-fit it’s never easy to come and play games.”

Bale has managed a record 31 goals and 12 assists in 77 appearances for Wales at international level.

Although the Real Madrid star isn’t the only in-form player at Giggs’ disposal as the manager also has Manchester United new boy Daniel James, who’s scored three goals in his first four Premier League games, and Bournemouth loanee Harry Wilson.

CARDIFF, WALES – NOVEMBER 16: Ryan Giggs, Manager of Wales and Gareth Bale of Wales embrace after the UEFA Nations League Group B match between Wales and Denmark at Cardiff City Stadium on November 16, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)