Gareth Bale scores for Spurs against LA Galaxy, despite withrawing from Team GB with "injury"
Olympic absentee Gareth Bale scored for Spurs after starting in their pre-season friendly against LA Galaxy.
Bale was expected to be a part of Stuart Pearce’s 18-man squad for the London Olympics, especially after he posed in the Team GB supporters shirt back in October last year, but Pearce revealed in June that Bale would miss the Games after aggravating a back injury.
Now the Welshman faces the wrath of Britons after playing 74 minutes of the 1-1 draw against the Galaxy.
"He came back to us during this week, so [we had to] control the amount of effort he could put in," said Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.
"Gareth is extremely young and physically a beast, so he was able to put on the effort, and we extended [his time] because we want him to complete a certain amount of minutes before we start the season."
Despite a huge lack of interest in the GB football team, his place in Spurs’ starting XI this week has already been condemned by fans. Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) tweeted: “I really hope that Phillips Idowu is as ‘injured’ as Gareth Bale.”
Chief sports writer at the Daily Telegraph Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) thinks the decision could have been down to Spurs. He tweeted: "However they sugar coat it, Gareth Bale has swerved the Olympics to be with his club, either through choice or persuasion by Spurs."
Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) was left just as shocked by the decision: "Gareth Bale who pulled out of the Olympics through injury played for Spurs last night. Once in a lifetime opportunity thrown away #baffled."
Blogger RedMancunia (@RedMancunia) condemned the commitment of Team GB, tweeting; "Gareth Bale faking injury sums up GB's approach to Olympic football. Brazil took their national team, we took whoever could be arsed going."
Villas-Boas did suffer a blow with playmaker Rafael van der Vaart and right-back Kyle Walker having to go off with injury in his side's first match of their US tour.
Spurs next play Premier League rivals Liverpool in Baltimore on Saturday, while Team GB kick off their Olympic campaign against the United Arab Emirates at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, kick off 7:45pm. Visit the Anchorfan site Sunday evening for live pictures and video footage from Wembley.