CHRIS Coleman has no concerns over Gareth Bale’s temperament ahead of what is certain to be a fiery World Cup qualifier in Dublin next week.
There are fears that Bale could react to rough treatment from the Republic of Ireland after his recent red card for retaliation in La Liga.
The Welsh talisman was sent off for Real Madrid on St David’s Day after shoving Las Palmas' Jonathan Viera to the ground.
But the red card was Bale's first dismissal in a competitive match since October 2008, when the forward was still at Tottenham.
And Coleman has no concerns about his star man ahead of the crunch clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium next Friday night.
Asked if he feared that Bale could get wound up by the Irish, the national manager said: “No, because anybody sensible looking at him, he never does that.
“I don’t even know what happened. But he is a human being and sometimes you do something and regret it.
“If you look at his past though, and he has been kicked from pillar to post, I won’t be worried.
“I remember when we played Scotland and some ex-Scottish player said ‘He can’t play if he hasn’t got any legs’ and I looked at that and thought ‘Does he really seriously think that is going to bother him?’
“If you look and see where he is playing, under the pressure, in the spotlight, week in, week out – whatever the opposition have got planned for him, he’s seen it before and dealt with it before. I’m not at all worried.”
Bale is joined by Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn (above) in the squad for next week’s qualifier.
Woodburn became the youngest scorer in Liverpool history - at the age of 17 years and 45 days - when he was on target in the 2-0 EFL Cup victory over Leeds in November.
The forward was born in Nottingham and raised in Chester but he qualifies for Wales through a grandfather.
Woodburn has been capped at under-15 to under-19 level and is understood to consider himself Welsh.
And Coleman denied that the youngster has been called to keep him out of the clutches of England.
“He’s been with us since he was 13,” he said.
“He’s been in our system for five years. He’s done well this season.
"Himself, Tom Bradshaw, Tom Lawrence – these are the boys knocking on the door. He’s there on merit.
“We see Ben as international player for Wales. He has been since a boy, and he has a future with us. There won’t be any knee-jerk reactions to cap him.
“If I thought it was too early for him I wouldn’t have called him up,” added Coleman.
“He’s playing for Liverpool in the Premier League, every day he is training with international players.
“He is technically very good, obviously. He is performing with one of biggest clubs in football, on the periphery of squad, had a bit of game time.
“For players in the Premier League, making the transition to international football is a smooth one. He won’t be daunted by coming with us. It won’t be a problem.”
Paul Dummett (heel), Simon Church (hip) and Emyr Huws (hamstring) are all absent, as Ben Davies, Jazz Richards and uncapped MK Dons defender Joe Walsh return to the squad.
Barnsley winger Marley Watkins is on stand-by.
Wales squad: Hennessey, Ward, Fon Williams, Davies, Chester, Collins, Walsh, Gunter, Richards, Taylor, Williams, Allen, Edwards, King, Lawrence, Ledley, MacDonald, Ramsey, Bale, Robson-Kanu, Bradshaw, Vokes, Woodburn