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Wales manager Chris Coleman suggested on Monday that winger Gareth Bale is at least the equal of anyone else from these shores - is he right? Who could challenge him?

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Wales manager Chris Coleman got people wondering on Monday when he suggested that Gareth Bale is the best British footballer currently playing.

The Tottenham winger inspired his country to turn around 1-0 deficit at home to Scotland in Friday’s World Cup qualifier and is gearing up in the hope of inspiring an upset against Croatia on Tuesday.

Asked if Bale is the best British player, Coleman stated: "I wouldn't swap him for anyone else, to be fair.

"Anyone can see when he's got the ball he's devastating. He's a terrific player. His work-rate is excellent, he comes away with Wales and plays with passion and incredible ability. You'd be crazy to try and swap him."

But is he right? Can the Wales star really lay claim to being the finest that the British Isles have to offer?

His principal competition appears to come from England. Everton's Leighton Baines impressed against San Marino but is likely to lose his place on Tuesday to Ashley Cole, the Chelsea left-back thought of so highly that even a foul-mouthed tirade at the Football Association does not make him dispensable. Now a Champions League winner, he can claim to be one of the world's best in his position.

Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard might also have something to say in the debate. Having driven Liverpool and, intermittently, England on for several years, the midfielder is often hailed as one of his generation's most distinguished players.

One of England's emerging stars is Joe Hart. The goalkeeper has made the first-choice spot for Manchester City his own as well as that of his country, earning comparisons to the likes of Iker Casillas, Manuel Neuer and Gianluigi Buffon.

There is also, of course, Manchester United hero Wayne Rooney. The forward captained the Three Lions against San Marino and scored two goals to put him fifth in the all-time national goalscorers list, often trumpeted as one of the best in the Premier League.

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So who is the best British player around? Is Bale as good as Coleman thinks or are the likes of Cole, Gerrard, Hart and Rooney more deserving? There could, of course, be a name not on our list - let us know who you think it is by voting and leaving a comment below. You can also get in touch via Facebook and Twitter.

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