Coleman hails Tottenham 'show stopper" Bale

Wales coach Chris Coleman has hailed his "show stopper" Gareth Bale.

Wales coach Chris Coleman has hailed his "show stopper" Gareth Bale.

While singling out the Tottenham man for praise, though, Coleman has also been eager to ensure the efforts of the rest of the Wales team do not go unheralded.

Asked if he would swap Bale for anyone, Coleman - speaking ahead of Tuesday's clash with Croatia in Osijek - said: "No, I wouldn't to be fair.

"Everybody sees when he is with the ball how devastating he is. But his work rate is excellent as well and he is just a nice boy.

"He plays with loads of passion and on top of that, he has incredible ability. So I'd be crazy - who are you going to swap him with?"

When he was then asked if he felt Wales were overly reliant on Bale, Coleman said: "He has (scored all three of the team's goals in the campaign), but you look at our performance on Friday and it wasn't just Baley.

"He got the goals, but there were some terrific performances. I'm not talking about Gareth all the time - you lot are!

"People are talking about him because he is a show-stopper - they pay money to come and watch him play.

"But we have another 10 players who play their part."

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