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Lingering questions over the Real Madrid forward’s international future have inevitably ramped up after Saturday’s 4-0 Euro 2020 last-16 drubbing by Denmark in Amsterdam that saw Robert Page’s squad denied the chance to repeat their unforgettable 2016 exploits, when they advanced all the way through to the semi-finals of the European Championship in France.
Bale has long been his nation’s most important player and has 96 senior caps to his name in total after becoming the youngest player ever to feature for Wales in 2006.
He leads the all-time Welsh scoring charts with 33 goals - surpassing Liverpool legend Ian Rush’s previous record in 2018 - and took over the captaincy from Ashley Williams in 2019.
The former Tottenham star, who turns 32 next month, stormed out of one post-match interview when questioned about his Wales future on Saturday.
However, he then told Welsh TV channel S4C that he wants to carry on representing his country until the day he walks away from the sport completely.
“I want to continue to play,” Bale said.
“People ask stupid questions all the time but I obviously love playing for Wales.
“I will play for Wales until the day that I stop playing football.”