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Bale ready for big stage

Posted on 6 September 2011  - 12:00

Gareth Bale hopes to take the positives from Wales' fine win against Montenegro into tonight's big international derby against England at Wembley.

Gareth Bale hopes to take the positives from Wales' fine win against Montenegro into tonight's big international derby against England at Wembley.

The flying winger has been the focal point of the build-up to the Euro 2012 qualifier with many pundits believing Fabio Capello will have a plan up his sleeve to stop him in his tracks.

Speaking exclusively to tottenhamhotspur.com from the Welsh camp on Monday, Gareth, like his national boss Gary Speed, insisted Wales had nothing to fear and was looking to build on the confidence gained from Friday's victory against Montenegro in Cardiff.

"We know it's going to be a difficult game," said Gareth, who has had 'plenty of banter' with Spurs team-mate and England striker Jermain Defoe ahead of the match.

"England are ranked in the top five teams in the world but we've just beaten Montenegro, ranked almost 100 places above us, so our confidence is high.

"I don't think we have anything to be afraid of and there is no pressure on us.

"Obviously this is a big occasion, a derby in terms of international matches and something we're all looking forward to."

Gareth was outstanding against Montenegro - he set-up the second goal - and the victory ironically strengthened England's position in Group G - the Three Lions now three points clear with two matches remaining.

"We got the ball in the right areas against Montenegro and then punished them, that's the positive thing and something we've been working on," he added.

"It's exciting and this will be a real test to see how far we have come."

As well as JD being in the squad, Gareth is likely to come up against his new team-mate Scott Parker at Wembley, the midfielder also in fine form as England beat Bulgaria 3-0 on Friday.