Wales star Bale taunts England ahead of Thursday showdown

Wales' Gareth Bale

The Wales talisman has criticised England's passion.

Wales Training Session - EURO 2016Gareth Bale has launches a stinging attack on the England team

Wales star Gareth Bale has launched an unprecedented attack on the England team ahead of their meeting on Thursday, as reported by The Telegraph.

The Real Madrid man accused England of being self-righteous without proving themselves, as he went on the offensive against the Three Lions:

“They big themselves up before they’ve done anything, so we’re going to go there and we believe we can beat them. It is like any derby, you never want to lose to the enemy. I think we’ve got a lot more passion and pride about us than them. We’ll definitely show that on the day.”

Bale's words will make Roy Hodgson's job easier next week in regards to his team-talk. Surely the England players will be more fired up than ever after hearing what the former Tottenham Hotspur man had to say.

Wales' Gareth BaleWales' Gareth Bale

The 26-year-old continued his outburst aimed at Hodgson's men, explaining his delight when the draw for Euro 2016 was made, as reported by The Telegraph:

“I had a chuckle, I’m not going to lie. If you’re Welsh, look at the rugby, we feel more pride and passion than anyone else. Look at the national anthem, everyone sings, the whole stadium.”

Bale is part of arguably the strongest Welsh side in history - one that contains a whole host of proven Premier League players, including Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey. Expectations of the team will be higher than ever before, and how far they go will depend heavily on how well they can deal with the pressure.

It must be noted that Bale's words may have made their job that little bit harder.

Wales take on Slovakia today in the 5pm kick-off in what will be their first major tournament game in 58 years.

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