Gareth Bale: Ben Woodburn Makes Me Feel Old

Posted September 07, 2017

The next two games won't be easy for Wales but they have momentum now and if they can beat a tricky Georgia side away, then they'll fancy their chances of overcoming Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium in the final group game as they dream of a first World Cup appearance since 1958.

Woodburn progressed through the age grades with his grandfather's country of birth, and manager Chris Coleman said he never doubted he would choose to play for Wales.

Woodburn would come to Wales' rescue for the second successive game, though, as he sprinted away from his marker with pure speed and power before crossing wonderfully for Robson-Kanu to prod home to send the travelling Wales contingent into absolute raptures.

Bale met Woodburn at a friendly match that saw them sit next to each other due to Bale missing the game due to injury.

Ben Woodburn made his global debut for Wales in Cardiff on Saturday night against Austria, coming on as a substitute with 20 minutes to go.

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The Real Madrid forward said: "We knew he was a great player and we're delighted to have him".

"We weren't going to start him in both games and play him for 90 minutes, we were going to be choosy with when we use him, but he's a good young talent that's for sure".

"We haven't had to have a word with him", said Bale, who also rejected an approach to join the England set-up. He's a good lad and doesn't need to be looked after in that respect.

West Brom striker Robson-Kanu's goal, in particular, was a beauty. Gareth Bale fizzed another shot straight at the keep just before the 50-minute mark, before Lawrence shot over after a nice bit if skill to get past his man.

"He does actually [make me feel old], I'm 11 years older than him", Bale said.

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"Mentally I think we all still feel 17 - me, Joe [Ledley], Wayne [Hennessey], Rambo [Aaron Ramsey], all of us - we're still young in our minds, maybe not so much in our bodies".

It wasn't always pretty, and certainly not easy, but it was a vital and important win, one that set up the trip to Moldova on Tuesday night. "It's been good fun".

"If we win all four we'll have a great chance of top spot and if not we'll get into the play-offs". "We needed to build momentum and we have done that".

"Ben and Ethan Ampadu are coming into a steady squad that's done well and with the characters to really help them as well".

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