Wales captain Gareth Bale insists there “needs to be expectations” across the aspect going into Euro 2020 on the again of their semi-final run on the event 5 years in the past.
Bale, 31, is one among eight survivors from Wales’ squad in France, the place they have been knocked out by eventual winners Portugal.
Rob Web page will lead Wales into solely their third main worldwide event, aiming to emulate the success achieved underneath Chris Coleman, with their first sport of the competitors in opposition to Switzerland in Baku on Saturday.
“It is related (to Euro 2016) coming into the event,” Bale mentioned on the pre-match press convention on Friday.
“On the again of 2016 there needs to be expectations, but it surely’s a special workforce and a special event.”
Wales’ different two Group A rivals Italy and Turkey kick off the event in Rome on Friday evening.
Not like fellow dwelling nations England and Scotland, Wales won’t host any video games at Euro 2020, with their second group-stage match in opposition to Turkey additionally in Baku on Wednesday earlier than they journey to Rome to face Italy on Sunday.
“We all know it is a troublesome group to get out of,” Bale mentioned, with the highest two finishers in every qroup and the 4 greatest third-placed finishers progressing to the final 16.
“They’re all troublesome groups to play in opposition to, however we have got to take one sport at a time.
“We’re very excited to be right here and in the future away. I really feel superb and able to give 100 per cent for my nation, as I all the time do.”
Bale mentioned he was unconcerned about his worldwide purpose drought, having final scored for Wales in opposition to Croatia in October 2019 however he has created 4 objectives in his earlier seven appearances.
“It would not matter. I’ve made assists. I am nonetheless contributing. I am not nervous,” mentioned the Actual Madrid ahead, who spent final season on mortgage at Tottenham.
“If the probabilities come up to attain, hopefully I can take it,” he added.
Web page, who will take cost of the aspect in the course of the event as Ryan Giggs is dealing with trial in England subsequent 12 months, backed Wales’ all-time goalscorer Bale to as soon as once more ship for his nation.
“It isn’t the top of the world. If he isn’t scoring he is supplying objectives,” Web page mentioned.
“If he isn’t scoring it is vital he is establishing objectives, and he is doing that.”
Wales rested Aaron Ramsey for the 2 pre-tournament warm-up video games in opposition to France and Albania and the Juventus midfielder sat out Thursday’s coaching session.
Nevertheless, Web page says there are not any considerations over Ramsey, 30, who additionally missed the Italian membership’s 5 remaining video games of the Serie A marketing campaign with health points.
“There are not any points with Aaron in anyway. He did not practice yesterday. That was all the time a part of the plan,” Web page mentioned.
“We labored backwards from Switzerland. Aaron has all the time been a part of the method.
“He mentioned yesterday he is in an excellent place. That is nice information for us,” he added.
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