Tuesday March 8 2011
Bale is No 1, says Capello

England manager Fabio Capello has warned Milan that Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is the No 1 in the world in his position.

The Wales international is expected to play the second leg of their Champions League knockout tie at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

Bale was absent with a back injury when the two sides met last month, but Tottenham still recorded a precious 1-0 victory at San Siro.

Italy caught 'Bale fever' earlier this season when the 21-year-old scored a hat-trick against Inter in the group stages of the competition.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Capello said: "Today Bale is the No 1 in the world, the only one who can make the difference in that position because he has speed, technique and power, three difficult qualities to find in a player who isn't a striker.

"Bale doesn't start from the back, like a full-back, but pushes and when he gets close to goal he pushes towards the middle and shoots with extraordinary precision."

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