Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey Train in Pudsey Bear Ears to Mark Children In Need Charity Appeal

Wales stars such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have trained wearing Pudsey Bear ears in honour of Children In Need.

It’s not the first time the Welsh, who face Finland in a Cardiff friendly on Saturday, have looked hilarious on a football pitch – but this time it was in a good cause.

Bale, who became the world’s most expensive player this summer when he made an £86million move from Tottenham to Real Madrid, had no problem sporting the distinctive yellow ears of the charity’s famous mascot on a night when Britain will be asked to dig deep.

Neither did Ramsey, who has been the sensation of this Premier League season – his 11 goals for Arsenal since August are as many as he’d scored in his previous five years with the club.

However, manager Chris Coleman – who signed a two-year contract extension earlier in the day that means he will stay in charge for the 2016 European Championship, did not join in.

Coleman’s new deal ends recent uncertainty over his future.

As the saga rumbled on, Coleman was linked with Crystal Palace, who he featured for during his playing career and who are looking for a manager after Ian Holloway’s departure.

But a win over Macedonia and a draw in Belgium in October, with a squad ravaged by injury, were enough to tip the scales back in his favour.

Now, Coleman has made it clear he had received no approach from Palace – and was not interested in returning to the Premier League.

Coleman, who previously managed Fulham, Real Sociedad, Coventry and Larissa said: “There was no temptation to go to Palace, there was no approach.

“That was because I had five years with Palace as a player and I enjoyed my time there. Everybody thinks if you are a coach you want to work in the Premier League. Financially and with the media coverage it is seen as the best league in the world.

“I have had five years in the Premier League with Fulham, it’s a great league.

“I don’t have any aspirations to work in the Premier League right now. When my time is up with Wales, whenever that is, I would prefer to work abroad again. I learnt more working abroad as a coach.

“But the Wales job is bigger than any other job I will do, I will never get more responsibility. I’ve done it for two years now and it’s been hard, but when you win then the rewards are fantastic.

“I don’t want to hand that feeling on to someone else. I want to finish what I started with these players.”

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