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Gareth Bale: 'Qualifying for Euro 2020 could top 2016 achievement'

Wales will make next summer's tournament with victory over Hungary on Tuesday.

Gareth Bale believes Wales reaching the European Championship next summer could trump the achievement of playing at Euro 2016.

Wales ended a 58-year wait to play at a major tournament in 2016 and eventually reached the semi-finals in France under Chris Coleman.

Over three years on and Ryan Giggs' young side will qualify for Euro 2020 by beating Hungary at home on Tuesday.

"The experience of qualifying for the Euros was massive," Bale said ahead of the winner-takes-all clash in Cardiff.

"It was something I'd never done before and to do it again might be a bit more impressive.

"The youngsters have come in and done really well.

"We've got a good mix of youth and experience and it's important they step up to the plate, which they have been doing.

"We need to use our experiences to help the youngsters come through it."

Bale had been out for a month with a calf problem before Wales' 2-0 win in Azerbaijan on Saturday that, coupled with Slovakia's defeat in Croatia, put qualification destiny in their own hands.

The Real Madrid forward played for an hour before making way for the returning Aaron Ramsey and says he is fully fit to take on Hungary at the Cardiff City Stadium.

"I'm ready. I hadn't played in four weeks so it was important to get 60 minutes into my legs and get some match sharpness," Bale said.

"We spoke at the start of the week about trying to get 60 minutes and hopefully being a couple (of goals) up before I came off.

"So it worked out well, no problems and I'm ready to go for Tuesday."

Wales' route to the 2018 World Cup was halted by the Republic of Ireland
Wales' route to the 2018 World Cup was halted by the Republic of Ireland (Nick Potts/PA)

Bale was injured and a helpless spectator in the stands when Wales missed out on a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Wales lost a play-off decider to the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff and the 30-year-old vividly remembers the pain of that defeat.

"We know the euphoria of qualifying for the Euros and what it feels like to miss out on qualifying for the World Cup," Bale said.

"So we can use them to our advantage. We don't want to be feeling like we did after the Ireland game.

"We will push and push not to feel like that again, because it's not a feeling you want in the dressing room after the game.

"We will use all our experience to try and navigate our way through.

"The most important thing is we haven't lost since we went to Hungary (in June) and we've been on that upward trajectory.

"The football has been really good and we have to keep riding that wave."

Joe Allen, suspended for the Azerbaijan win, is set to return at the expense of Joe Morrell in midfield, even though the on-loan Lincoln youngster acquitted himself well in Baku.

Giggs' main selection dilemma revolves around Ramsey and whether the Juventus midfielder is fit enough to play 90 minutes.

Ryan Giggs believes his older players can help the younger squad members
Ryan Giggs believes his older players can help the younger squad members (Bradley Collyer/PA)

Harry Wilson could start after scoring in Baku, with Ramsey possibly used from the bench again.

"Experience counts for a lot," Giggs said.

"But what I've seen in the young players, coming in and being fearless, they help each other.

"The older players can help the young ones and vice versa."

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Sunday's key events

· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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