Gareth Bale has once again taunted England by saying: Wales still have more passion than you.
The Dragons captain famously claimed on the eve of Euro 2016 that his team-mates had more pride than then group rivals the Three Lions.
England, who kicked off their World Cup bid against Iran in Qatar on Monday, have been drawn against Bell and co in Group B and face each other again on November 29.
Bell struck back at his taunt when he said: “I believe we have the most passion. I know where you’re aiming – I’m not an idiot!
“But personally I think we are the most passionate country in the world and that will never change in my mind.
“Even going into this tournament, even though we’ve grown up, I still feel the same way.”
Bell led Wales to the Euro semi-finals in France six years ago and is on a mission to do so again at their first World Cup in 64 years.
Rob Page’s team will not only carry the spirit of 1958, but the old guard of Bell, Aaron Ramsey, Chris Gunter, Joe Allen and Wayne Hennessey will miss the late ex-Wales boss Gary Speed during the tournament.
Last week, winger Dan James also penned an emotional tribute to his father, Kevan, who passed away suddenly in May 2019.
Ben Davies spoke in Welsh at Saturday’s press conference and the Dragons’ official World Cup song – Dafydd Iwan’s ‘Yma o Hyd’ which means ‘we are still here’ in their native language – is also a smash hit.
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Bale said: “It’s about the development of our country: people knowing more of our history, people in our own country learning more about the history of where we came from and what happened.
“Even we as players are still learning.
“Hopefully in the future when you talk to people from other countries they won’t ask where Wales is. They’ll know.”
“It’s a wonderful part of our story.”