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I played with Gareth Bale at Tottenham and couldn’t believe his pre-match meal… I tried it once and it did not go well


JERMAINE JENAS has revealed Gareth Bale stunned Tottenham team-mates with his choice of pre-match meal.

And the pundit explained why trying it himself backfired.

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Gareth Bale was no ‘has-bean’ in his first spell at Tottenham – but perhaps his pre-match meal should have been, according to Jermaine JenasCredit: Getty
Ex-Spurs, Newcastle and England ace Jenas 'struggled' with what to eat

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Ex-Spurs, Newcastle and England ace Jenas ‘struggled’ with what to eatCredit: Getty

Jenas bemused many viewers during TNT Sports’ coverage of Brighton’s 0-0 draw with Wolves by discussing food habits.

And Bale’s choice remains his most memorable match-day munching moment – for all sorts of reasons.

Brighton’s ex-Spurs full-back Pascal Gross sparked the conversation before kick-off on Monday night with his own revelation to the broadcaster about his pre-game eating.

Gross said he opts for rice, chicken and olive oil …. topped off by Weetabix!

TNT commentator Adam Summerton called that “quite the combination” as the pundits returned to the debate at half-time.

Jenas suggested: “I bet that’s just a superstition as well.

“There would have been one day where he had a bit of Weetabix as an extra and prob scored two goals and got an assist and thought that’s it, he has the formula.”

And when Summerton asked for the ex-England midfielder’s own selections back in the day, he replied: “I always struggled to eat.

Bale and Jenas were Spurs' team-mates from 2007-13

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Bale and Jenas were Spurs’ team-mates from 2007-13Credit: AP:Associated Press

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“I just had a big bowl of cereal and just drank a lot of Lucozade I think. Night games was a lot easier pasta and chicken.”

Then came Jenas’ Bale tale.

He explained: “The only meal I remember looking at and thinking why and how was Gareth Bale use to have like five slices of toast and a mountain of baked beans. 

“I tried it once, it didn’t go well for me.”

But viewers seemed to think  the main “cereal” offender was Jenas – for talking about food rather than football.

One claimed: “Discussing how many baked beans Gareth Bale used to eat has to be an all time low

Another posted: “Jenas talking about liking cereal, absolutely amazing commentary once again.”

And a third viewer admitted just how surprised he was by the conversation.

He said: “Well, learning about Gareth Bale liking baked beans on toast wasn’t in my commentators bingo card.”





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