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​EURO2016: Bale claims Wales have improved since last beating Belgium

Gareth Bale says Wales have lifted their game to "another level" ahead of their European Championship quarter-final against Belgium.

The 26 year old scored the winner as Wales beat Belgium 1-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier on their way to reaching a first major tournament for 58 years.

"From that night, we have gone up to another level," said Bale.

"We've taken our game on with playing more games in our system, gelling even more. It was a changing moment for us.

"To know we can beat the big teams, it does give you that extra bit of confidence and it does take you to the next level."

Bale was asked about the impact Wales boss Chris Coleman has had on the team.

"Since he's put his own stamp on the team's he been incredible, his preparation is second to none," Bale said.

"For me, he's been absolutely incredible and, hopefully, he can keep continuing the rise and we can keep going in this competition.

"With our team spirit, it's like being with your mates and being on holiday. Doing quizzes all the time, playing games. The fact we all enjoy spending time with each other, it helps with the down time."

The Real Madrid star also gave his thoughts on being the last home nation side left in Euro 2016.

"I'm very happy we're the last home nation left. It's our time to shine," he said.

"The game against Northern Ireland was very ugly but to win and play badly is good.

"We've already got one over England."

Ian Ferris
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