Bale choosing Wales over England cost him millions - agent

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The agent says the Real Madrid attacker's father snapped at him when he raised the prospect of playing for the Three Lions when he was a teenager but says he loves playing for his national team

Gareth Bale's decision to play for Wales instead of England has cost him millions of pounds, his agent says.

The 26-year-old is the star of the Wales side, who sit top of Group B in Euro 2016 qualifying with two games left to play.

Bale, however, could have played for England instead and his representative, Jonathan Barnett, believes he has lost a lot of money because he opted to feature for his native country.

"When we first got together when he was 15, we talked about whether he was going to play for England or Wales," he said at Soccerex. "I nearly got my head bitten off by his dad, who is fanatically Welsh, and his mum.

“He could have qualified to play for england through his grandmother and I tell you that it has cost him millions and millions of pounds.

"You can imagine what it would have been like if he were playing for England next summer in the Euros, but he does love playing for Wales.”

Barnett had said on Tuesday that Bale had no intention of leaving Real Madrid and is happy in the Spanish capital and added that he is looking forward to playing a more central role this term.

“Now, he is not playing wide right, he is playing more centrally and that is going to suit him more and give him the sort of freedom he has with Wales," he added. "He enjoys that role because he was getting a little frustrated.

“Last season he didn’t get the ball that much and when he did get it was slow. By the time he received it, there were already three men on him.

“He doesn't get appreciated at Madrid because the fans love Ronaldo. If you watch the way Real Madrid play this season, I think you will see a shift.

"I think things are maybe changing.”