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Wales captain Bale: I wouldn't swap Burnley keeper Hennessey for anyother in the world

Wales captain Gareth Bale hailed goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey after their World Cup playoff win against Ukraine.

The 35-year-old made only two Premier League appearances for Burnley in the 2021/22 season but showed little sign of rust as Rob Page's side ended a 64-year wait to make it to the world's biggest sporting competition.

Hennessey made nine saves in Cardiff to keep an impressive Ukraine out and vindicated Page's decision to select him over Danny Ward.

Speaking to media after the win, Bale said: “Can I just say one thing first, this guy's performance is the best I have ever seen to date from a goalkeeper.

“He doesn't get as much credit as he deserves. [It was] not just nine saves - they were important saves, big saves, they kept us in the game.

“I know people talk about other keepers, but I would not swap him [for any goalkeeper] in the world."

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