Gareth Bale responds to ‘parasite’ claim as former Spurs star Defoe retires

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale has spectacularly hit back at criticism he’s been getting in Spain as Jermain Defoe has officially retired from playing

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Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale has lashed out at claims made by a Spanish journalist that he has become a “parasite” at Real Madrid.

Bale fired Wales to a 2-1 World Cup play-off semi-final victory over Austria that leaves them in sight of their first appearance in the finals for 64 years. The ex-Spurs ace produced two stunning strikes – one in each half – before Wales had to endure anxious moments after Marcel Sabitzer’s deflected effort halved the deficit.

But Bale has now emphatically responded to questions that have been raised over his commitment in Spain. It comes as former Spurs forward Jermain Defoe has officially retired from the game, with Harry Kane leading the tributes to him.

And ex-Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson has slammed Son Heung-min for an incident during Tottenham’s 3-1 win over West Ham.

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Ex-Spurs forward Gareth Bale scored a stunning double as Wales beat Austria 2-1


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Son slammed

Son Heung-min has been told his reaction to being hit by a stray pass by West Ham’s Kurt Zouma was “pathetic”.

Football.London reports that the incident happened when Zouma hit the ball towards the corner flag, hitting Son on its way and knocking him over. The South Korean then put his hands up, as if to question the defender, before Sergio Reguilon got involved in something of a commotion.

And former Spurs ace Robinson has slammed Son for his actions, who hinted he set a bad example for youngsters playing the game.

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Defoe retires

England captain Hary Kane has led the tributes to Jermain Defoe after the ex-Spurs forward retired from playing.

Defoe struck over 200 goals in 600 games across a 22-year career which took in three spells at the north London club. And ChronicleLive reports that after announcing his decision to retire from playing, Kane has revealed the impact Defoe had on his own career.

The Spurs striker also reserved special thanks for one thing he gave to Kane during his early playing days.

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Bale responds to ‘parasite’ claim

Gareth Bale has responded in perfect fashion after being labelled a ‘parasite’ by a journalist in Spain.

The former Spurs forward continues to be ridiculed during his time at Real Madrid, with the Daily Star reporting that Spanish publication Marca going in hard on the Wales international by calling him a “parasite”. But Bale was in stunning form as Wales won their World Cup play-off semi-final against Austria 2-1.

Bale came into the game with doubts over his fitness after missing Sunday’s El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona but his two goals earned the win for his side – and provided the perfect response to the criticism he’s been getting in Spain.

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