Stephen Dunmoye

Gareth Bale has confirmed his readiness for Monday’s clash between Wales and the United States, adding that it is a great honor to have qualified for the world cup after 64 years.

This will be the first World Cup match for Wales since Pelé scored to give Brazil a 1-0 win in the 1958 quarterfinals.

The current Wales team is considered a golden generation and have been racking up stunning records.

They reached the 2016 European Championship semifinals before losing to eventual champion Portugal and qualified for last year’s pandemic-delayed Euro 2020, where it lost to Denmark in the round of 16.

Bale excitedly said, “It’s probably the biggest honour we could have for our country, qualifying for a World Cup, something we haven’t done in 64 years.

“It’s history in our country. Schools are going to stop to watch our games [the second group game against Iran kicks off at 10:00 GMT]. Kids are going to miss school, fortunately for them.

“It’s a massive piece of history in our country and something we have all wanted for a long time.

“We have the support of the nation back home, no matter what happens, as long as we give 100% our country will love us for that.”

Wales and the USA are joined in Group B by England and Iran, who play earlier on Monday.