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FILE PHOTO: Football Football - UEFA Nations League - Group D - Wales v Poland - Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, England - September 25, 2022 Wales' Gareth Bale applauds the fans after the match

FILE PHOTO: Gareth Bale from Wales. Action Footage via REUTERS/Paul Childs/File Photo

Wales captain Gareth Bale has said he is 100 percent ready to play for his country in the first World Cup since 1958.

The 33-year-old is Wales’ all-time top scorer with 40 goals in 108 games but has struggled with injuries this season.

Wales will launch their campaign against the USA next Monday and will also face Iran and England in Group B.

“I am totally fit and ready to go. “If I have to play three ’90s (minutes), I’ll play three ’90s,” Bale said at a press conference on Monday.

“It was difficult, more mentally than anything else. I guess for everyone, the last three or four weeks have been hard to even hear stories about players knowing they’re going to miss the World Cup.

“It’s been mentally tough talking to a few kids even because they have to play this weekend and we’re just praying we don’t get injured because it’s such a big deal.”

Bale said Wales is committed to speaking out about human rights and LGBT issues surrounding the World Cup.

Qatar has come under intense pressure for its treatment of foreign workers and restrictive social laws, leading many participating teams to voice their concerns. The country denied allegations that workers were exploited.

Of course, it has been a difficult subject for us as football players to talk about,” he said.

However, we can shed light on the problems experienced there.

“The most we can do as football players is to raise awareness and it’s the senior people who will be making these decisions, and I hope it changes for the better.”

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