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FIFA World Cup 2022: Appearance record will mean nothing if Wales don't beat Iran, says Gareth Bale

FIFA World Cup 2022: Gareth Bale is all set to become the most capped man for Wales but the former Real Madrid striker is not thinking about milestone as they face a crucial test against Iran in their Group B match on Friday.

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Gareth Bale scored in Wales' 1-1 draw vs USA (AP Photo)

In Short

  • Gareth Bale is all set for his 110th appearance for Wales
  • Wales take on Iran in their second Group B match
  • Wales drew USA 1-1 after Bale's equaliser in their opener

By India Today Web Desk: Wales star Gareth Bale is all set for a landmark afternoon in Qatar as he will become the most capped men's football player for his country when he steps out to lead the side in their second Group B match of FIFA World Cup 2022. Bale will complete 110 caps for Wales, going past Chris Gunter's tally for the special appearance record.

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However, Bale said the record wouldn't mean much if they don't beat Iran at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. Wales drew USA 1-1 in their World Cup opener, coming back from behind through a spot kick from their captain. With England beating Iran 6-2 in their opener, the second place in the group seems to be up for grabs as Gareth Southgate's side are favourites to beat USA in their second match on Friday.

"I haven't really been focusing too much on the cap thing to be honest. I'm just trying to focus on the game," Bale said.

"Obviously, on a personal level it's an amazing achievement and honour to represent my country so many times but it is more important that we try and get that victory tomorrow and hopefully we can and that would make it even more special."

'HE'S FIT AND RARING TO GO'

Bale already has scripted history in Qatar as his goal against the USA, 41st in international football, earned Wales's first point in the World Cup finals since their last appearance in 1958. After having made it to the Round of 16 at Euro 2020, Wales will be keen on making it out of the group in Qatar as well.

However, there are concerns over Bale's fitness and the heat in an early afternoon match at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium might complicate matters but manager Rob Page is confident of the striker's potency against Iran.

33-year-old Bale helped Los Angeles FC win the MLS Cup this season but has yet to complete a full match for the Major League Soccer side. Bale did not have a lot of competition action heading into the World Cup and has been working hard on his recovery since the match against US, according to news agency Reuters.

"He's fit and raring to go, let me tell you. He is the ultimate professional he hasn't stopped since the final whistle. He knows what his body needs and he'll be ready come the start of that game. He delivers for you. He's done it time-and-time again for us when we need the win," Page added.

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