Gareth Bale asks schools in Wales to show clash with Iran as a ‘mini history lesson’

Gareth Bale has asked teachers in Wales to let children attend a “mini history lesson” of the World Cup in Qatar.

Wales’ second game of the 2022 World Cup starts at 10am GMT on Friday, when the children are in the classroom.

The PA news agency revealed earlier this month that the children have been given the green light to support Robert Page’s side.

The Welsh government has left it up to individual schools to decide whether to allow children to watch the game, and Bale wants as many of them as possible to do so.

Bale said: “With kickoff at 10am in Wales, if I were one of the teachers I would let them watch the game.

“Hope so. It’s a historic moment in Wales for us to be at a World Cup.

“Some parents of kids I know want to watch the game but don’t want to take them out of school.

It’s a mini history lesson, and we hope it’s a great occasion for all of them.

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“So I think a lot of schools will put the game on for them to root for us and support us.

“It’s a mini history lesson and we hope it will be a great occasion for all of them.”

Bale will make history of his own by becoming his country’s most capped men’s soccer player against Iran.

The 33-year-old captain – who made his debut in 2006 and is Wales’ top scorer with 41 goals – will earn his 110th cap against Iran.

He will pass Chris Gunter, who will be among the substitutes for Friday’s clash, and take him to the top spot in his own right.

Bale said: “To be honest I haven’t been concentrating on the limit, just trying to concentrate on the game.

“On a personal level it is an incredible achievement, it is an honor to represent my country so many times.

“But it’s more important that we try to win. I hope we can and that will make it even more special.”

Joe Allen returned to the main group on Wednesday and recovered from a hamstring problem.

Allen, 72 capped, who was injured playing for Swansea on 17 September, had been training alone in Qatar until that point.

“Joe has passed the fitness test which is good news,” said manager Page, who is expected to hand Kieffer Moore a starting spot after the striker came off the bench to revive Wales in a 1-1 draw against the United States on Monday. 🇧🇷

“He’s fit and raring to go. We had milestones to meet along the way and they met all the targets.”

Bale added: “Joe is a great player for us and he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He’s a vital cog in the way we play.

“Having him available is a huge boost for us with two games left, so hopefully he can come in or start and he’ll do what Joe Allen does best and cover every blade of grass.

“I think he has repeatedly shown how important he is and we hope he still has a few kilometers to go.”

By Peter Kavinsky

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