Wales v Belgium: Gareth Bale not focused on winning his 50th cap

Gareth Bale of Wales
Gareth Bale won the first of his 49 caps for Wales against Trinidad and Tobago
Euro 2016 qualifier: Wales v Belgium
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium Date: Friday, 12 June Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and the BBC Sport website

Gareth Bale says winning his 50th cap against Belgium is "big" but he is not thinking about it ahead of Wales' Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday.

Unbeaten Wales are second in Group B, behind leaders Belgium on goal difference.

"It's a big moment for me winning my 50th cap," Bale told the Football Association of Wales website.external-link

"But we're concentrating on... trying to get the victory... so that goes to the back of my mind."

The Real Madrid star, 25, added: "I'm purely focused on the job in hand."

Euro 2016 Qualifying Group B

Wales have not reached the finals of a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

They reached their highest-ever Fifa world ranking of 21st in May and Friday's match at the Cardiff City Stadium will be played in front of a capacity crowd of 33,000.

All tickets were sold within days of Wales' 3-0 win in Israel in March and Real forward Bale hopes the Welsh fans will play a part in helping Chris Coleman's side get a result against the Belgians.

"I think the whole nation now can see we are doing well," said Bale.

"We are working hard, playing good football and hopefully they [the fans] can keep supporting us and be the 12th man tomorrow [Friday] and get behind the team."

Marc Wilmots' side will be without injured Manchester United forward Marouane Fellaini (groin) for the Group B clash.

Fellaini, 27, scored twice in Belgium's 4-3 warm-up victory over France on Sunday.

Belgium, ranked second in the world by Fifa, will also be without defender Vincent Kompany, who is suspended and fellow centre-back Jason Denayer is also a doubt after leaving training early.

Bale still expects a tough test.

"They are the second best team on the whole planet," said Bale, "so we know it's going to be a very difficult team and we know the quality of players they've got.

"But we've also got quality ourselves.

"So we know it's going to be a big task, but one that we are confident about.

"We go into the game full of belief and hopefully we can do the job on the night."

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