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Praise for Bale...

Harry Redknapp led a chorus of praise for Gareth Bale after his hat-trick heroics at the San Siro.

Harry Redknapp led a chorus of praise for Gareth Bale after his hat-trick heroics at the San Siro.

The Welsh flyer completed a never-to-be-forgotten hat-trick at the home of reigning European champions Inter Milan on Wednesday night.

All three were finishes right out of the top-drawer as we fell to a 4-3 defeat having trailed 4-0 at half-time and played for 80 minutes with 10 men following Heurelho Gomes' red card.

The first, the best, came in the 52nd minute as Gareth ran from deep, burst past Maicon and Javier Zanetti and fired across Julio Cesar into the bottom corner.

The second goal was a carbon-copy strike in the final minute before the hat-trick clincher from Aaron Lennon's assist, from slightly more central, but despatched again into the same corner.

"He is an amazing talent and put away three fantastic goals," reflected Harry at the San Siro.

"He can do everything. He is one of the best left-sided players in the world and a great prospect.

"He plays left-back, he plays wide left, he scores goals and he can run all day.

"To be fair, even in the first half he gave their right-back (Maicon) a torrid time and he is possibly one of th best right-backs in the world.

"Every time we gave the ball out to Gareth he gave them problems.

"Aaron Lennon did the same on the other side so that was encouraging and gives us something to work on when they come to WHL."


Jermaine Jenas summed it up in a word. "Phenomenal," he said.

"He was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I can't speak highly enough of the lad.

"He's made one of the best right-backs in the world look pretty average defensively.

"For the first goal, not only has he run 50 yards, but he's found the power to strike it past one of the world's best goalkeepers."

Alan Hutton said: "Gareth has always had that ability, but he has gone from strength to strength.

"We've come to expect it of him, really, but he works really hard in training and it pays off."

Peter Crouch added: "He's been magnificent for a year now but that performance was incredible. He took his goals so well. He took the matchball home with him but we all told him he should take the side-netting as well!"

And Heurelho Gomes, our Brazilian international goalkeeper, insisted: "He could play for Brazil. He is a great player and he showed it again. He's on fire."