We can win the Euros: Bale and Lafferty

Wales and Northern Ireland are capable of winning Euro 2016, forwards Gareth Bale and Kyle Lafferty have said ahead of their last 16 clash on Saturday.

The two forwards were instrumental in their respective sides qualifying for France, both hitting seven goals.

Real Madrid and Wales forward Bale, who is the tournament’s leading scorer with three goals, says his team’s ultimate goal is to win.

"Obviously you come to the tournament for one reason – to win, not to play three games and go home," said Bale.

"The ultimate goal is we want to try and win the tournament. It's a cliche but we'll take each one as it comes. Yes, we would love to win it, but all our focus now is on Northern Ireland," he added.

On Northern Ireland, Bale said, "They topped their [qualifying] group, you don't do that by mistake. They have very similar team spirit to us.”

“They are a bit more defensive than us so it will be difficult to break them down, but we will try our best,” he added.

Lafferty, meanwhile, who is yet to get off the mark in France, said: "We honestly believe with our heart and determination that we can beat anyone.”

"With the squad we have I honestly am sitting here thinking we can go all the way. If we get a bit of luck we can upset a few teams,” he added.

Lafferty said that Northern Ireland’s biggest problem would be Wales’ Real Madrid forward.

"Stopping Bale is the big question. He's a very big part of their team as a player of that calibre is going to be. We'll look at areas where they are strong and areas that we can exploit,” he said

"It'll be interesting to see who it wants it most on Saturday. I believe we'll come out on top."

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