Cape Town - Zinedine Zidane is quietly confident that Gareth Bale can lead Wales into a major tournament and avoid the fate suffered by Ryan Giggs.
Wales Online report that French legend Zinedine Zidane would consider it a tragedy if Gareth Bale fails to play in a major tournament.
Ryan Giggs, arguably on the finest footballers of all-time, never made it to a major tournament but Zidane is hopeful that Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will not suffer the same fate.
“Gareth is desperate to play in a major tournament with Wales - he did not want to be sitting at home in the summer while his team-mates were in Brazil." said Zidane.
“It will be a tragedy if he never gets to play in a World Cup or European Championships. He is one of the top five players in the world - for him not to be there is just wrong.”
“One player can’t qualify for Euro 2016 - but what Gareth can be is Wales leader.
“It doesn’t matter who they play in the qualifiers, when Gareth is always on the field they always have a match-winner.”
Wales are in Group B alongside Bosnia, Belgium, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra in the battle for two automatic qualifying spots in the Euro finals in France.
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