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Gareth Bale urges ‘gutted’ Welsh players to ‘get up’ ahead of decisive game against England

Wales captain Gareth Bale says his side is devastated after a late defeat to Iran at the 2022 World Cup on Friday – but he needs to prepare quickly for a restart.

The Dragons conceded twice in added time and lost 2-0 to their Asian opponents, which left them bottom of Group B with just one game left.

That is against England next week and the Welsh will have to find a way to win if they are to progress to the knockout stage – and even that now depends on other results.

Speaking to BBC Sport full-time, Bale – who won his 110th game to become Wales’ all-time greatest player – said the team must find a way to bounce back from a painful defeat.

“It’s gutting. There’s no other way to say it,” he said. “We fought until the last second, but it’s one of those things; it’s hard to bear, but we have to recover and go again.

“We need to get back together immediately. It’s going to be tough, but we have one more game to play. And we want to enjoy it too.

“It will be difficult and depends on another match, we’ll see.”

There was bad news ahead of the match for some Wales fans who were unable to travel to Doha for the match as their travel app was not working properly.

Iran manager Carlos Queiroz praised his players for their tremendous effort, saying they deserved “respect” for returning to action after the recent 6-2 win over England.

“This is only the beginning, we have to finish the job,” he said. “We supported our football and I have no words to thank our players. They were wonderful and deserve all the attention and respect.

The players deserve support, we did it for the fans. It’s the only reason we’re here.”

Iran will face the US in the final group match, with the US facing England first on Friday night.

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