Bale: Wales can qualify for Euro 2016

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The 25-year-old Real Madrid attacker says Chris Coleman's squad have been training well and are full of belief that they can be one of the 23 teams joining France at the tournament

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale believes Wales are primed to finally end their wait to qualify for the European Championships.

Chris Coleman’s men take on Andorra on Tuesday as they kick off their qualifying campaign for the 2016 competition, having not reached a major tournament finals since 1976.

But Bale, who won the Champions League and Copa del Rey with Madrid last season, is confident the side are strong enough to seal their passage to France.

“We have a good group and a team capable of making the Euro 2016 finals,” Bale told reporters.

“The group sensation is excellent and we’re training well. Everything is set up for this team to make it out of the group. The key now for us is to perform on the pitch.”

Far from feeling overwhelmed by the growing sense of expectation that Wales can qualify for Euro 2016, Bale is relishing the opportunity to do what the likes of Mark Hughes and Ryan Giggs could not.

“It’s exciting, we have a great team and we’re feeling confident,” the 25-year-old continued.

“The possibility of securing qualification is adding to our confidence.

“It’s our responsibility, we’re representing our country. It doesn’t matter where, or on what surface, we’ll give everything to ensure a win. A good start is vital.”