Bale can rip up Wembley

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Tottenham Hotspur legend Cliff Jones is predicting Gareth Bale to run England ragged at Wembley in their penultimate Euro 2012 qualifier.

After beating Montenegro to earn Gary Speed his first competitive win as manager of Wales, and the country's first point in Group G, Wales go into the showdown high on confidence, with their main man getting back to somewhere near his best form.

Bale is expected to be given a leading role in the Wales side, and according to Jones, will cause England a problem or two come kick off.

"Gareth's come into a bit of form now and he'll want to go out and do well against the English, as the Welsh always try to do," said Jones.

"England are favourites, of course, but Gary Speed is getting his team together and I think it will be a close game.

"It will be a big occasion at Wembley and I'm sure he will rise to it. He's performed so well in the big matches, especially in the Champions League last season, and I'm sure he'll relish it."


Jones was involved in just one win over England during his international days, but is hoping this current Wales crop can put history aside when going toe-to-toe with Fabio Capello's side.

"The only time I can remember winning against England was in 1955 in my second international, we beat England 2-1 at Ninian Park and I scored the winner," he added.

"I have to say it was one of my favourite moments. I was carried off the pitch shoulder-high. It was a fantastic experience.

"I'm sure the lads will go out there with plenty of confidence after the performance against Montenegro and as my manager Jimmy Murphy used to say 'look lads, these English lads, they've only got two arms and two legs, same as you, so go out there and show them'."

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