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Has Gareth Bale played his last game for Wales? The 31-year-old refused to answer a question about his future with the national team during an uncharacteristic post-match interview at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Saturday.
It was a bitterly disappointing afternoon for Rob Page's side, who were dominated throughout by in-form Denmark as goals from Kasper Dolberg (2), Joakim Mæhle and Martin Braithwaite sealed an emphatic 4-0 win in the round of 16 clash.
And in a chat with the BBC after the full-time whistle, Bale expressed his frustration by walking off mid-interview.
Has Gareth Bale played his last game for Wales?
...That's the answer to that :grimacing:
:calling::tv: Reaction: https://t.co/d1dOk6F84u#WALDEN #Euro2020 #bbceuro2020 pic.twitter.com/EPWUc7fflU
- Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) June 26, 2021
Bale, who was booked late on for sarcastically clapping the referee for a decision that went against Wales, expressed his disappointment at the result before abruptly ending the interview.
He also praised his teammates for the effort they showed against Kasper Hjulmand's side.
"It's not how we wanted the game to go," Bale said. "We started well, we conceded a goal and the game changed a little bit.
"We, unfortunately, made a mistake, which killed the game on our side. To finish how we did was disappointing but I'd rather go out like that than doing nothing.
"It was a foul but the referee was being influenced by a lot of supporters but there's no point missing excuses.
"We missed an opportunity but I think we can't fault the effort the boys showed."
All of Wales is Gareth Bale rn :flag_black::cry: pic.twitter.com/tzLHtSxCIw- Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 26, 2021
Will Bale retire from international football after Wales were knocked out? Joe Rodon, who has played a big part in their Euro 2020 journey this summer, believes there is "no chance" he will retire after the tournament.
Asked if he might hang up his boots, Rodon told Sky Sports: "No chance! It's all on Gareth and I've got nothing to do with that, but none of us at Wales want him anywhere near retirement and we want him for as long as possible.
"He's been brilliant with me since the first day I walked in through the doors at Tottenham.
"He's just a big kid! He's brilliant to have around the dressing room, and obviously, everyone knows what he does on the football pitch. Off it, he's just brilliant to have around and he's a great character."
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