Former Tottenham star included – but then withdraw from national squad.
Gareth Bale, the world’s most expensive player, was in and out of Wales’ squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium within a matter of hours Thursday.
The 24-year-old Real Madrid star, suffering with a thigh injury, was included by Wales manager Chris Coleman in the hope he might be available.
But Coleman subsequently said Bale would not play in either match and the forward later withdrew from the squad.
And he suggested Bale had been mishandled by Real since he arrived from Tottenham Hotspur last month in a deal widely reported to be the world’s most expensive transfer at around £86 million (100 million euros, $132.5 million).