Arsenal legend Ian Wright has been singing the praises of Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale in The Sun.
Bale has been struggling for form for Madrid in recent weeks and has come under some harsh criticism due to his failure to step up in the big games this season.
The 25-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur star has scored 12 goals and created 35 chances in 25 La Liga appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 48%.
However, for Wales, Bale was superb on Saturday, as he helped his country to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Israel away from home in a Euro 2016 Group B qualifier.
The former Southampton star scored twice at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa - first in the 50th minute and then in the 77th minute.
Former Arsenal striker Wright was impressed with the performance of Bale and has lavished praise on him.
“Whatever problems Bale may be having in Spain, he shrugged them all off with a superb display, to send Wales to the top of Group B, scoring two goals and making the other,” the 51-year-old wrote in The Sun.
“Bale is one man who carries the hopes of an entire nation every time he steps onto the pitch, which obviously comes with a ton of pressure. It takes someone special to handle the heat – and he is certainly that.”
Bale is arguably the best player in the current Wales squad, and the country’s hopes of qualifying for the 2016 European Championship rest on his shoulders.
The former Tottenham star always seems to step up his game when representing his country, and this is certainly an attribute that should be respected.
Wales are currently at the top of Euro 2016 Group B qualifier with 11 points from five matches, two points clear of second-placed Israel having played a game more.