Beleaguered Real Madrid star Bale finds support with Wales

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has been the target of criticism as the team continues to struggle, but has found support with his Wales teammates.

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale may be having a tough time in Spain, but he has the support of his national team colleagues.

Bale has been the subject of boos and whistles at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium over the past few weeks and despite scoring a brace against Levante two weeks ago, the 25-year-old was criticised for his performance in a 2-1 El Clasico loss to Barcelona.

Fans got so angry that they attacked Bale's car as he was leaving the Valdebebas training facility upon returning to Madrid on Sunday evening.

Bales promptly joined Wales a day later to begin preparations for their Euro 2016 qualifying match against Israel, giving the forward a chance to get out of the firing range in the Spanish capital.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Bale's Wales teammate Joe Allen has rushed to the player's defence and insists that he's not letting the criticism get to him.

"He's the same as usual," he insisted. "He's a world-class player who shows that in every minute in every session.

"I don't get the impression that he is someone who is fazed by these sorts of things.

"It comes with the territory at a club like that and I doubt it has too much influence on him."

Burnley's Sam Vokes also feels that Bale will have his mind on helping Wales beat Israel as they try to qualify for European competition for the first time since 1958.

"He's enjoying his football and I know he loves coming away with Wales. It's a big game and he's used to playing on the big occasion.

"He's a great character, a strong character, you have to be to play at that level week in, week out."

Wales will face Israel in Haifa on Saturday, with Bale expected to be the star of the show.

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