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Gareth can shine at Wembley - Cliff

Posted on 5 September 2011  - 12:00

Spurs legend and Welsh great Cliff Jones expects Gareth Bale to light up Wembley on Tuesday night.

Gareth can shine at Wembley - Cliff

Spurs legend and Welsh great Cliff Jones expects Gareth Bale to light up Wembley on Tuesday night.

Wales are full of confidence for the Euro 2012 qualifying match against England after a fine 2-1 win against Montenegro on Friday night.

That victory marked a first competitive success for new boss Gary Speed and ironically handed England a huge boost in terms of taking an automatic spot in next summer's finals with Montenegro their main rivals in the group.

Gareth is expected to line-up as part of a front three in the 4-3-3 system that was so successful against Montenegro and double-winner Cliff, capped 59 times by Wales, believes both the flying winger and his team-mates will rise to the occasion on the biggest stage.

"Gareth's come into a bit of form now and he'll want to go out and do well against the English, as the Welsh always try to do," said Cliff, part of the great Welsh team that reached the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

"England are favourites, of course, but Gary Speed is getting his team together and I think it will be a close game.

"It will be a big occasion at Wembley and I'm sure he will rise to it. He's performed so well in the big matches, especially in the Champions League last season, and I'm sure he'll relish it."

Cliff enjoyed few successes against England during an international career between 1954-1968.

In fact, there was only one win - typically, Cliff had a major say in it.

"The only time I can remember winning against England was in 1955 in my second international, we beat England 2-1 at Ninian Park and I scored the winner," he recalled.

"I have to say it was one of my favourite moments. I was carried off the pitch shoulder-high. It was a fantastic experience.

"I'm sure the lads will go out there with plenty of confidence after the performance against Montenegro and as my manager Jimmy Murphy used to say 'look lads, these English lads, they've only got two arms and two legs, same as you, so go out there and show them'."

Gareth could come up against Spurs team-mates Jermain Defoe and new arrival Scott Parker at Wembley. Scott played 90 minutes in Friday's fine 3-0 win in Bulgaria.