Wales on course to reach Euro 2016

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Following on from Gareth Bale's winner in the 1-0 win over world number two Belgium, Wales are in the driving seat for qualification for their second ever major championship. 

Top of their qualification group, unbeaten thus far, and brimming with confidence, Wales are set to make national history if they reach Euro 2016 in France. 

Led by talisman Gareth Bale, the Welsh contingent are in pole position to qualify for their first major championships since the 1958 World Cup - whist climbing into the world's top ten teams in the process - thus making history for a small but proud nation.

The recent victory over Belgium not only moved Wales into first in their group for the current qualifying campaign, but it also guarantees their place as a top-seed for the qualifying for the next World Cup. 

Currently on the verge of the top 10 in the FIFA rankings, Wales' 122nd ranking of recent years seems a far cry away - a fact not missed on their starlet Bale who is now desperate to reach a major championship.

Bale determined to reach Euro 2016

Speaking to BBC Sport, he stated: "It's right at the top of my list now and it's on, so we'll keep working hard to do it... Everybody knows how much I want to get to a major tournament with Wales."

Whilst Bale is focused on the task at hand, his presence and talent is not lost on or unbeknown to his manager or fellow players.

Speaking to the Guardian, Wales and Hull City defender James Chester believes Bale's presence and experience is vital to their success: "He’s down-to-earth, even with all the success he has had.

"He’s always sat at the front offering his advice, and experiences that he has had playing at the top level. What he is achieving is fully deserved...his ability is frightening but it’s not happened by accident."

Whilst the togetherness and team effort from the whole squad has been evident throughout the qualifying campaign, the importance of the 'world's most expensive player' on the Welsh plight is undoubtedly high.

Coleman backs Bale to inspire Wales

Bale is without a doubt one of the best players in the world, and his manager, Chris Coleman, says "It would be a shame if he (Bale) didn't get there (Euro 2016).

"If you're Gareth and you're playing with Real Madrid and you've won the Champions League and played in huge games, you want to experience that with your country.

"He's a passionate boy and he's desperate to succeed with Wales. Someone with that talent, they've got to be at a finals."

Evidently, it is not just the fans that can see the talent of Wales' superstar, but the professionals too. And it is that talent that will be so important for Wales as they continue to make history throughout this qualifying campaign. 

The history books beckon, and who knows when this fairytale story will come to an end... Bale will wish the end never comes. 

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