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Robert Page insists Wales will forget about Sunday’s World Cup to try to stay in the top tier of the Nations League.

Wales remain bottom of League A4 after losing 2-1 to Belgium on Thursday.

But Poland’s 2-0 home defeat to Holland means Wales can climb off the bottom by beating the Poles in Cardiff on Sunday.

Wales boss Page said: “It’s a final. Forget the World Cup, this is the game we want to win on Sunday.

“We just have to revive those guys. There will be some changes and we will go and build a team that will win the game.”

Captain Gareth Bale is likely to start on Sunday after coming on as a second-half substitute in Brussels.

Bale had just one training session after joining the camp from the United States late on Tuesday after playing for Los Angeles FC the previous day.

Asked why Bale didn’t start, Page said: “All the travelling. The time difference that comes back is a tough job for players to adjust to.

“Throwing him straight into the game against Belgium away would be crazy.

“It was good for him to get a few minutes off the jet lag.”

“It was a wise decision not to play from the start, but I wanted to start as soon as possible and help the team.

“It’s a big lesson for us. We were without five players to strengthen us.

“We learned a lesson here to get to the World Cup. I told them in the locker room that we asked for it.

“Qualifying for the World Cup is asking us to compete with nations like Belgium, like Holland, and we were in the games until the end. It says a lot about this group of players.”

Page saluted Brennan Johnson after the Nottingham Forest forward gave a glimpse of his talent by setting up Kieffer Moore for a second-half header.

After the majestic Kevin De Bruyne and Michy Batshuayi had put Belgium in command, Johnson went on a meandering 40 yards before delivering a superb cross to the far post.

“Brennan has been great, she’s done so much in such a short amount of time,” Page said.

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“I asked him something else in midfield.

“When you see him run with the ball, it’s great, that’s his game, that’s his strength.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez was sent off for ball possession in the dying seconds.

Martinez said: “The first time they sent me away. New experience.

“I was surprised. I probably should have let the ball go.

“We’ll see what that means, but I’ll respect the referee’s decision.

Belgium visit group leaders Holland on Sunday and Martinez said: “It’s a perfect match to prepare for the World Cup.

“This World Cup could be the best in terms of individual performances and mental freshness.”


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