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Real Madrid superstar shares World Cup pain

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Real Madrid wing wizard Gareth Bale has admitted that it will be tough to watch next summer's World Cup finals at home, but believes that Wales have a young squad capable of fulfilling his international ambitions in the future.

Wales finished seven points off a play-off place in a dismal qualifying campaign, struggling to match the fine form of World Cup contenders Croatia and Belgium as their search for a first appearance in the finals since 1958 continues.

Bale can now count a galaxy of international stars among his team-mates at the Bernabeu following an £85m world-record switch from Spurs , but has conceded that being a spectator while next summer's South American showpiece is in full swing will be difficult.

The 24-year-old remains confident that Wales have enough quality to end their lengthy exile from World football's biggest party though, with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen forming the basis of a young squad with scope for vast improvement under Chris Coleman in future qualifying bids.

He told FIFA.com: "Obviously it will not be nice watching everyone playing in the World Cup and being sat at home, but we have a good team full of young players that have come through together over the past few years.

"Hopefully in the years to come we'll be able to put together a strong challenge to qualify for a major tournament."

Bale has featured in just two internationals since joining Madrid, with Coleman keen to open dialogue with Carlo Ancelotti over how best to manage his star man's workload this season.

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