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Joe Rodon

Joe Rodon admits he had to leave Tottenham to best fulfill his World Cup dream with Wales.

Rodon joined the Wales squad for Nations League games against Belgium and Poland this week for the first time as a Rennes player, having joined the Ligue 1 club last month on a season-long loan deal with Spurs.

Wales captain Gareth Bale, who was at Spurs with Rodon during the 2020-21 season, said in June he felt his international team-mate “deserved” to play for Tottenham.

Joe Rodon, center, in action for Rennes against AEK Larnaca in the Europa League, has settled in well at his new French club (Petros Karadjias/AP)

But the 24-year-old played more minutes for Wales than Spurs last season, and national team manager Robert Page had expressed concern over the centre-back’s lack of playing time before the World Cup in November.