Former Premier League star ready to challenge Rooney next summer

Sankha Ghosh / 12 December 2015

Gareth Bale has warned England that Wales are going to France to win the 2016 Euro Cup.

Roy Hodgson believes his Three Lions will cross the Channel having a real chance of finally ending their 50-year wait for a major trophy.

But Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale reckons his teammates could spring a big shock next summer. Wales will be there in Pot 4 for today’s 2016 European Championship draw in Paris and could eventually land England and the Three Lions captain Wayne Rooney, not in a good form will face a big challenge from his old rival former Tottenham star Bale.

Bale said in an interview: “We’re not going there just to make up the numbers. We are going there to win the tournament.”

Outsiders Greece and Denmark both have won European Championship in the past and Bale believes Chris Coleman’s men should also go with lofty hopes.

The inform Welsh ace further said: “You have to go there with ambition. Obviously we’ll need a bit of luck along the way but we’ll be hoping to upset a few people.”

“We want to play on the biggest stage in the world and test ourselves against the best teams. We’re going to have to do that in the tournament. We have to dream big. That’s the plan.

“I’m sure any other country will not want be looking forward to facing us. We’re a strong group, we’ve got a great team spirit and a lot of character, and we play some good football as well.”

However, Manager Coleman will guide Wales into a first major competition since 1958 and keen to avoid a Battle of Britain group clash against England. The Welsh manager fears if they are put into the Three Lions’ group, it will overshadow the country’s first major tournament in a long time.

Yet after seeing off Fifa World No.1 team Belgium in qualifying campaign, there is certainly nobody for them to fear. Coleman added: “We know we’re going to get drawn against top teams but on our day we’ll be difficult to play against for anyone.”

Wales are among the bottom seeds for the Euro 2016 draw and are currently 17th in Fifa’s world ranking.

On the other hand England boss Rou Hodgson said: “I will take what comes.

“I respect Wales and both Ireland teams. There is a good chance we will get one of those but it is not something that pleases or displeases me. It is just a fact of life.”


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