Gareth Bale stormed off during an interview following Wales’ 4-0 defeat to Denmark on Saturday, refusing to answer a question over whether he had played his final game for his nation.
The 31-year-old spent the past season at Tottenham Hotspur, but there have been rumours swirling that he may hang up his boots after Euro 2020, with uncertainty over his future continuing to linger.
Bale faced the cameras after the disappointing loss, but he walked away from the interviewer in frustration, when he was asked if he would ever play for Wales again.
“I know you were asked yesterday whether this was going to be your last game for Wales, you said you wanted another one,” the beIN Sports reporter began. But Bale sensed the direction of the question and stormed off, refusing to provide any clarity over his situation.
The Real Madrid man was unable to prevent Wales from suffering a heavy defeat in the round of 16, crashing out to an impressive Denmark side, who controlled the game upon taking the lead just before the half-hour mark.
And prior to his walk-off, Bale admitted that the game didn’t go ‘how we wanted’, and Kasper Dolberg’s stunning opener changed the match completely.
“It’s not how we wanted the game to go. From our point of view, we started very well – the first 25 minutes – we conceded the goal and the game changed a little bit.
“We came out in the second half trying to play it and unfortunately made a mistake to concede the goal which killed the momentum on our side.”
Wales conceded two late goals to fall to a 4-0 defeat, and tempers flared towards the end, with Harry Wilson receiving a straight red card for an extremely late foul from behind. But Bale was proud of his teammates’ attitude, and applauded their commitment.
“Obviously to finish the game how we did was disappointing, but the boys were frustrated and angry. It’s understandable, and I’d rather us go out like that, kicking and screaming, than laying off and doing nothing.”
The forward also believed there was a foul on Kieffer Moore in the buildup to the second goal, which ultimately left Wales chasing the game and in a tough position.
“Yeah, definitely. If you play the ball through the back of someone, it’s a foul. I feel like the referee was being influenced by a lot of supporters here, but I guess it is what it is and there’s no point in making excuses now. It’s disappointing, that’s all I can say.”
He also stated it was a ‘missed opportunity’ but credited his teammates for their efforts, and said he was ‘proud of them all.’
“Yeah, of course we missed an opportunity, but one thing we can’t fault is the effort the boys have shown, and that’s the minimum requirement for this group and I’m proud of them all.”