Ireland spoil Wales' World Cup chances

Wales' National Anthem Ahead Of Ireland Clash Was Ultra Special

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We know inside that dressing room that we can beat anyone and we've proved that before.

Wales, meanwhile, have not qualified for a World Cup finals since 1958.

The midfielder and his fiancee Rachel will never forget the tragic events of 2015.

Their rise is timely, given the fact that Wales captain Ashley Williams is 33 and, by the time the World Cup will be in Qatar in 2022, Bale will be 33, Aaron Ramsey 31 and Joe Allen 32.

"That last half-hour seemed like an eternity".

"It does make it extra special", he said.

"In football you have a lot more lows than you do highs and when you have a moment like that you want to sit back and really take it in".

"He just makes you calm and gets you up for it".

In February his partner Rachel gave birth to a daughter called Raine.

The loss to Ireland leaves Bale and the other members of Wales' "Golden Generation" contemplating the demotivating thought that Euro 2016 may have been as good as it will ever get for them.

"Maybe it was just my night and I felt I stepped up".

"It's a tournament that's obviously only every four years and for a nation like Ireland to qualify would be a massive achievement".

"I am so proud".

"And Roy does his bits - he goes round to individual players and gets you up for it".

He made his competitive worldwide debut in the testing scenario of that meeting with Italy in Lille past year, another encounter with the Italians possibly on the horizon should the two teams be paired up in next week's play-off draw.

The players certainly hope he will sign a new deal, and they met Coleman after the defeat against the Republic of Ireland to urge him to stay.

It's hard to believe that only seven years ago, Arter was playing his trade at Woking before Bournemouth splashed out £4,000 to give him his big break.

Wales struggled to overcome such tactics, with home draws against Georgia and Serbia - as well as a failure to score a single goal in two games against the Republic of Ireland - proving costly.

"Part of me was thinking to take the shot, but I realised I was at an angle where it probably wasn't right to shoot", he added.

"Sometimes when you're the underdog you come through".

"I couldn't tell you that it was definitely going to be James but I could sense it and thankfully he was there to tuck it away".

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