England manager Fabio Capello has labelled Tottenham Hotsphur winger Gareth Bale the best player in the world.
The 21-year-old is rated as doubtful for tonight's crunch Champions League last-16 second leg against AC Milan with the Welshman suffering from back stiffness after his substitute appearance against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.
But if he is available, Capello has a warning for his former club.
"Gareth Bale is today the number one player in the world," Capello said.
"He is the only one who can make a difference in the role he plays as he has pace, technique and strength. Those are three qualities it is hard to find in a player who is not a striker.
"Bale doesn't set out from defence like a full-back. He drives forward and when gets nearer to goal he moves infield and shoots with amazing accuracy.
"Bale reminds me of Roberto Carlos who was born a left-back and who matured physically and in terms of tactical awareness. Carlos was an explosive player and the only one who came even close to Bale."
Capello will come face-to-face with Bale in two weeks time as England take on Wales in their European Championship qualifier at the Millennium Stadium.
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