Gareth Bale’s defiant Wales statement amid worrying goal drought for his nation

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Gareth Bale has reassured Wales fans concerned about his international goal drought that: “I know where the back of the net is."

Bale has 33 goals in 92 games for his country and is Wales' record scorer.

But the Real Madrid ace, who spent the season on loan at Spurs, has not netted for his country since October 2019.

It is a far cry from when Bale fired Wales to Euro 2016 with seven goals in 10 games in qualifying.

And his barren spell is clearly not ideal form ahead of today's Group A opener with Switzerland at the Baku Olympic Stadium.

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But Bale, who turns 32 next month, responded: “I’ve always said from when I started and when I was scoring loads of goals, it doesn’t matter who scores.

“It matters about the result.

“Obviously I haven’t scored for a while but I’ve made maybe six or seven assists in that time.

“So I’m still contributing in terms of goals.

“I’m not worried.

“I know where the back of a net is and hopefully if a chance arises, I’ll be able to take it.

“It would be nice because goals wins you games but it doesn't matter who scores or who creates the goals.

“The main objective for the whole team and nation is that we win games.

“As long as we get wins ,or not losses, and get out of this group, then we are all going to be very happy.

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“I just go onto the pitch with Wales to try and give 100 per cent.

“If I'm the first one to score a goal then great, if not hopefully somebody else can.

“Whoever is on the pitch has the responsibility, all 11 players and then the ones who come on have a responsibility to make an impact.

“We're all in it together, we have a massive team spirit and we'll be using that to every extent.”

Bale scored once in every group game in 2016 as Wales progressed to the knock-out stages and went on to reach the semi-finals.

Now he has Switzerland in his sights today in Baku as Rob Page's men aim to get off to a flyer before taking on Turkey and Italy next week.

Bale added: “We want to win, we want to get off to a good start.

“I don't think it's a case of we can't lose the game.

“We are going in with the mentality of wanting to win, get off to a good start and put ourselves in a great position.

“In our minds, we have a game plan, we want to win and that's what we will be going onto the pitch to do.”

After taking on Switzerland in Baku on Saturday, Page’s side will stay in the Azerbaijani capital to face Turkey four days later before concluding their group stage campaign with a trip to Rome to face Italy on June 20.

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