Wales star Gareth Bale says playing for England “was never an option” and believes the Welsh passion is the “best in the world”.
Bale, 26, has helped Wales to their first major tournament since 1958 after Chris Coleman’s men finished second in Group B to Belgium to reach next summer’s European Championships.
And the Real Madrid forward admitted that playing for England was never an option after holding a “one-second conversation”.
“It was never an option. I was really young at the time. It was literally a one-second conversation. I said, ‘Stop, I’m from Wales and love Wales’. Everyone knows how much I love playing for Wales. My grandmother’s English but I’m Welsh and I would never want it to happen,” said Bale.
“The passion from our players is I would say the best in the world. You never see a nation get behind the team like Wales, whether it’s away from home or at home, or whether it’s for the football or for the rugby.
The anthem is just incredible when it’s sung, even in the middle of a game. Everyone pulls together in one direction,” added Bale, who surprised players at Sully Sports FC, near Cardiff, to celebrate the donation of McDonald’s 100,000th kit through the brand’s accredited kit scheme.
Bale, who scored seven goals in qualifying, feels his best position is centrally and admits Wales will “need a bit of luck” next summer in France.
“I definitely feel better in the centre. I can go wide, I can go either side, I can drop deep, I can go further up. In the centre I feel I can get on the more ball more and hopefully I can be more effective and help the team in that position.
“You have to go there with that ambition. Thierry Henry said something similar a few months ago and we believe it. We know we don’t concede too many and we can nick a goal against anybody, so there’s no reason we can’t.
Obviously you might need a bit of luck along the way but we’ll be going there trying to upset a few people,” added Bale.