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EURO2016: Bale had to endure years of banter over underachieving Wales

Gareth Bale is relishing his chance to play in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 with Wales after enduring years of jibes from club team-mates, reports Sky Sports.

Wales now play Portugal on Wednesday for a place in Sunday's Paris final and he would love to take on Germany, who face France on Thursday, after revealing banter between him and Real Madrid colleague Toni Kroos from before the tournament.

"I remember Toni Kroos saying we'd only have three games here," said Bale. "So it would be nice to meet him in the final.

"It was a good laugh and a joke - a bit of banter - but I've had a lot of abuse over the years.

"When we used to lose and we were 100th in the world, people would say, 'You have nine weeks' holiday instead of two'.

"So it's great to finally be in a major tournament actually doing great things with our national team."

Ian Ferris
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