'I'll keep going as long as I can' – Gareth Bale rules out Wales farewell after England loss

Gareth Bale applauds Wales fans after their World Cup defeat to England.
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Gareth Bale has vowed to carry on playing for Wales 'as long as I can and as long as I'm wanted' following his side's 3-0 loss to England at the World Cup on Tuesday.

The Welsh captain was surprisingly substituted at half-time and after the match, coach Rob Page revealed he had felt his hamstring late in the opening period.

Ahead of the match, Bale said that whatever happened against England, the match would not be his last for Wales.

And after the game, he was asked about his future once again.

"I'll keep going as long as I can and as long as I’m wanted," he told the BBC.

"It's a difficult moment now obviously, but we go again. We have a qualifying campaign starting now again in March.

"We have a few months now to get away from international football, which is obviously disappointing – we'd love to stay longer, but we go again in March."

Asked if would be a part of the next qualifying campaign, Bale said: "I hope so, yes."

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Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.