Gareth Bale: To make Euro 2016 would rival Champions League win

"I don’t feel the pressure," says Bale
Euro 2016 qualifying: Wales v Bosnia-Hercegovina
Venue:Cardiff City StadiumDate:Friday, 10 OctoberKick-off:19:45 BST
Coverage:Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru & online

Gareth Bale says qualifying for Euro 2016 with Wales would rank alongside winning the 2014 Champions League with Real Madrid.

Wales have back-to-back home qualifiers against Bosnia-Hercegovina on Friday, 10 October and Cyprus three days later in Cardiff.

Bale, 25, says reaching the finals with his country would be special.

"It would be right up there with it [Champions League] and hopefully we can do it," said Bale.

Having been drawn alongside Bosnia-Hercegovina, Belgium, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra in their group, there is a growing belief Wales could end their long wait for a chance to play in the finals of a major tournament.

The last time they did so was in 1958 when lost to Brazil 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Sweden.

In 1976 they reached the last eight of the European Championship, beaten by hosts Yugoslavia over two legs and therefore missed out on reaching the finals, played between the four semi-finalists.

A top three finish in Group B could see Bale and the class of 2014 put an end to Wales' barren run.

The top two sides in every group qualify for France 2016 automatically, with the best third-placed finisher, while the remaining eight third-placed teams go into play-offs in November 2015.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale scored Real Madrid's second goal in their 4-1 Champions League Final victory

"It's the ultimate honour for me to play for Wales," said Bale.

"For me I want to try my best. I want to try and make history with the team and qualify for a major tournament and that's something we are all aiming for.

"We firmly believe that we are all pushing in the right direction."

Wales won their opening Group B match 2-1 away to Andorra thanks to two goals from the former Tottenham winger.

They had gone behind early on against the minnows in an unconvincing display.

Despite that performance almost 25,000 tickets have been sold for Friday's match against a Bosnian side captained by Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

Bale hopes the crowd will play their part as Wales seek to build on their winning start to their campaign.

"They [the crowd] can be the extra man," said Bale.

"We haven't had too many big crowds in the past but I feel that we are really on the rise now as a team.

"We are getting the right results and hopefully now the fans will come out and support us and hopefully we can give them a good performance and the three points on Friday."

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