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Bale Reveals Why He Rejected England

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale was key in Wales' successful 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign, and he has now explained why he snubbed the chance to represent England.

Read: Bale Voted As Welsh Player Of The Year

The winger would've undoubtedly played in more major tournaments had he chosen to play for the Three Lions, but he insisted that switching allegiances never crossed his mind.

"I was really young at the time and my agent was involved, but it was literally a one-second conversation," he told the Daily Mirror.

"I just said, 'Stop – it's never going to happen.' 

"I'm from Wales and I love Wales. Everyone knows how much I love playing for Wales.

"My grandmother is English, but I'm Welsh and that's it.

"It was never an option."

Wales hadn't qualified for a major international competition since 1958, and Bale admitted the feeling is unreal.

"It still feels like a dream that we've actually made it to the finals," he added.

"Every campaign we start off saying we can do it, but there was a bit more belief this time."

Read: 'There's No Hatred Between Bale & CR7'

The 26-year-old has played 53 times for Wales, scoring 18 goals and assisting nine times for his colleagues.

Do you think Bale made the right decision by snubbing the chance to play for England? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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