Euro 20 20 qualifiers: Wales v Slovakia
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium Date: Sunday, 2-4 March Kickoff: 14:00 GMT
Coverage: Song on BBC Radio Wales & Radio Cymru; live text updates on the BBC Sport websiteand watch highlights on BBC One Wales, 22.30 GMT

Wales forwards Gareth Bale is”raring to go” until their Euro 20 20 qualifying effort, as he aims to place a testing season with Real Madrid aside.

The 29-year-old’s effort was influenced by injury and criticism from fans and media in Spain.

“I have only had one injury. I have been fine. I’ve already been playing. I have scored a decent quantity of goals,” he said.

Bale, who played a major role in Wales’ rush to the semi-finals of Euro 20-16, included:”you want to be playing from the major championships and experience that which we have been through. We will need to create again, we will have to work as a team.

“I am ready.

He’s scored 14 goals in 35 club games this season but he’s been the subject of criticism, even getting jeered by a section of their own aid during Real’s defeat by Barcelona earlier this month.

Bale seems happiest when he could be on international responsibility, revered by fans as the country’s album scorer.

He scored a free kick during Wales’ win over Slovakia in their opening game at the European Championship in France three decades before, the last meeting of those teams.

In preparation for Sunday’s match against the very same opponents – contrary to whom Bale scored his first global goal in 2006 – Wales manager Ryan Giggs was showing his players videos of this 20-16 effort.

“It provides you those great memories of exactly what we did and also the hurdles we had to get over to be eligible,” said Bale.

“It was a great point to see to refresh the mind on how best to do it show the youths that which we travelled through.

“It has two different teams at various times today.

“It’s amazing to have the experience which we did that time, but we know it’s going to be a difficult game to morrow .”

Croatia are the top seeds in Wales’ qualifying collection and also the worldcup runnersup, who started their own campaign with victory over Azerbaijan on Thursday, are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the band.

Wales are seeds and Slovakia, that made a winning start against Hungaryand are but Bale insists his side are aiming greater than the 2nd qualifying place.

“We are trying to find the best spot,” he said.

“We are always the underdogs. The bookies are not always right. We will go into this effort looking to acquire the group.

“we all know both countries have off to a winning start yesterday, but there’s no reason why we can’t.”

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