After overcoming a lengthy knee injury, Burnley striker Sam Vokes revealed his excitement to be joining up with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale in the Wales national team ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifiers to come, reports Sky Sports.
Vokes missed a year of football after a cruciate ligament injury, but is now back in action for club and country, and is looking forward to contributing again. He is particular keen to play alongside Gareth Bale again, as he believes the forward’s abilities could lead Wales to a major international tournament.
The pair have played together for Wales, and are forming a great relationship on the pitch. Bale has become a leader for the Dragons and much more of a team player than one for just individual brilliance. He’s the best player in the side by some distance, but is well-liked within the team, and is using his profile to bring the squad together on the pitch.
Results have been impressive from Wales of late, as a result of Bale’s influence, as he’s scored and created many goals in the last couple of years, which is why Vokes cannot wait to be alongside him in the team again. He said: “As a striker my last few goals for Wales have come off the back of Bale putting crosses into the box and getting down the line. It’s always going to help me to play alongside someone like that.”
“Bale has definitely grown. Everything that comes with the success he has had, he has had to learn through that. He’s taken that on board and drawn great character from it. Ashley Williams is a great captain but Balo leads in a different kind of way, from the experience of playing European football week-in week-out. The lads listen to him when he talks. You see that leadership coming in at the end of games when we’ve picked up victories.”
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