Dean Saunders exclusive: Wales need to adapt playing style without Gareth Bale – and build a statue for him in Cardiff

Gareth Bale
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Dean Saunders says that Wales should build a statue for their retired hero Gareth Bale – and that the national team may have to adapt their approach to get results without him.

Rob Page’s side go into Sunday’s key qualifier at home to Croatia facing a tough task to reach Euro 2024 automatically, after defeats to Turkey and Armenia earlier in qualifying.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Chris Flanagan
Senior Staff Writer

Chris joined FourFourTwo in 2015 and has reported from more than 20 countries, in places as varied as Ivory Coast and the Arctic Circle. He's interviewed Pele, Zlatan and Santa Claus (it's a long story), as well as covering the World Cup, AFCON and the Clasico. He previously spent 10 years as a newspaper journalist, and completed the 92 in 2017.