Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has insisted that his match-winning performance during Wales' 3-0 victory over Israel was not driven by recent criticism.
The former Tottenham star's performances for Los Blancos since the turn of the year had come under scrutiny, but he scored two goals and assisted a third on Saturday as the Dragons shot to top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group.
"We still have much work to do to reach Euro 2016 in France; we've put ourselves in a great position but we can't rest right now," he was quoted as saying by UEFA.com after the game.
"I'm very proud that I scored, I've heard everything people said about me but my main concern is to represent Wales with honour.
"We knew what a big game it was. It's a top of the table clash; we don't often get to be in that position, and to come out on top is amazing.
"We're only halfway there, there's still a lot of games to go and anything can happen. Hopefully our performances and results can do the talking."