“I think we have the most passion”

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Wales star Gareth Bale has claimed his side are ready to bank on their passion to beat England in the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Dragons will take part in their first FIFA World Cup in 64 years at the 22nd edition of the quadrennial tournament, which will be held in Qatar. Ranked 19th in the world, Rob Page’s side were drawn in Group B alongside favorites England, USA and Iran.

Wales last faced the Three Lions in a major tournament at UEFA Euro 2016, losing 2-1 in a group stage clash. However, the European Championship debutants qualified for the semi-finals while their neighbors crashed out against Iceland in the round of 16.

Speaking to Mirror, Bale insisted his side could get the better of the Gareth Southgate-coached side in the Middle East. He said:

“Yes, I believe we have the most passion. Personally, I think we are the most passionate country in the world and that will never change in my mind. Even entering this tournament, even though we are older, I still feel the same.”

Bale, who currently plies his trade for Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles FC, said participating in the 2022 FIFA World Cup should put their nation on the map for all to see. He added:

“It’s not just about football, it’s about the growth of our country – people know our history better, people in our own country learn more about the history where we come from and what happened. Even we as players are still learning.”

Sharing his thoughts on his squad, Bale concluded:

“Even if we are successful, we hear more stories because Wales is being talked about more. Hopefully in the future when you talk to people from other countries they don’t ask where is Wales. They’ll know. It’s an incredible part of our history.”

Wales and England are set to open their respective 2022 FIFA World Cup campaigns on Monday, November 21. While the former will face the United States, the latter will take on Iran in a Group B clash.

Phil Foden set to be dropped as 2022 FIFA World Cup England opener: Reports

According to The Telegraph, England boss Gareth Southgate is set to bench Phil Foden and give Bukayo Saka a first-ever FIFA World Cup start in his side’s Group B opener against Iran on Monday.

The Three Lions are expected to start with a four-man defense and use both Saka and Mason Mount in advanced midfield roles behind captain Harry Kane.

Saka, 21, has been in stellar form for Arsenal in the current 2022-23 campaign, scoring five goals and contributing six assists in 20 appearances. Mount, meanwhile, has scored eight goals in 21 total games for Chelsea this season.

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By Peter Kavinsky

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