As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Wales captain Bale responds to Mancini: I never knew Stoke were that good!

Wales captain Gareth Bale has joked about Italy coach Roberto Mancini likening the team to Stoke City .

Ahead of Sunday's game, the Italian said Stoke had a very tough style of play and he expected a similar test from Wales, adding Bale's side also possessed the technical skills to trouble his team.

Bale, who spent last season on-loan at Tottenham from Real Madrid, responded: "I never knew Stoke were that good."

Wales interim manager Robert Page said that he was not bothered by the comparison.

"We're fully focused on what we can do and how we can hurt teams. As I've said, I couldn't be more proud of that (squad of) 26 and I'll back them every day of the week."

Bale added: "We're under no illusions, it's going to be a difficult game, but all we can do is plan, prepare and give it our all when we get on the pitch.

"It's difficult to say where the game would rank if we won but it would for sure be a proud moment for all of us. A great result for Wales and one we're going to try and do."

Video of the day:

About the author

Paul Vegas

Have your say
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free