Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If England Let Bale Get into His Stride, Then They Will Be in Big Trouble; Coverage in Association With

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If England Let Bale Get into His Stride, Then They Will Be in Big Trouble; Coverage in Association With

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Byline: Harry Redknapp

GARETH BALE will wreak havoc against England if we allow him to run at our back four. He floats around for Wales, so it is very difficult to stop him.

You have to make sure that once the ball is in your half of the pitch, you lock onto him quickly and stop him turning to run at you. If he gets into his stride, you are bang in trouble. England have to swarm all over him every time he looks like he is going to get it and keep him with his back to goal.

That's why Eric Dier is going to be a massively important player in tomorrow's game. I like Dier he has come on leaps and bounds and people at Tottenham tell me he is going to be an even better centre-back than he is a midfielder. They think he could become a truly great centre-half, but this is the acid test of his positional sense in midfield; it is almost a man-toman marking job without actually detailing someone in that specific role. About 75 per cent of the time, it'll be Dier.

Gareth has done great out in Spain. His first season was great, the next not so good, but he came back strongly against this year and has won just about all there is to win. It is always difficult when you are playing with Cristiano Ronaldo; the only thing that scared me when he went out there was he might live in Ronaldo's shadow a little bit. He is a really nice lad and quite shy, but he has grown into it and has to be among the top five players in the world now. I wish he was English we'd have a much better chance to win it if he was.

Wales have other good players, too. Aaron Ramsey is a fantastic talent and would get in the England team in my opinion. I am a big fan of Ashley Williams a great competitor and a real leader. Joe Allen and Ben Davies are good, too, but we can really expose the way Wales play as a team.

They will play with three at the back and we can certainly exploit them down the flanks with our two attacking full-backs, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose. …

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