England boss Fabio Capello has hailed Gareth Bale as the best player in the world ahead of Spurs clash with AC Milan tonight.
21 year-old Bale is hoping to shrug off an injury to play in the match, as Italian Capello has warned his fellow countrymen in Milan of the Welshman’s threat.
The England boss said, “Gareth Bale is today the number one player in the world.
“He is the only one who can make a difference in the role he plays as he has pace, technique and strength. Those are three qualities it is hard to find in a player who is not a striker.
“Bale doesn’t set out from defence like a full-back. He drives forward and when gets nearer to goal he moves infield and shoots with amazing accuracy.
“Bale reminds me of Roberto Carlos, who was born a left-back and who matured physically and in terms of tactical awareness. Carlos was an explosive player and the only one who came even close to Bale.”
Harry Redknapp also joined the England boss in praising his winger adding, “He enjoys playing here, they love him here,” said Redknapp. “This is a club he can keep developing at.
“If the club want to keep going forward every year you’ve got to keep players like that because you can’t find them.
“I don’t think there is a better left-sided player around. He has got everything. He is 6ft 2in tall, the physique on him is incredible, the pace, the ability to cross the ball, shoot, dribble, head it, he can do everything.
“The world sat up and recognised him after what he did to Inter but he has been tearing teams to pieces for over a year. He’s done it against everybody, really.”