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Bellamy refuses to rule out becoming Wales manager

Craig Bellamy says it is "disrespectful" for him to be touted as a replacement for Chris Coleman as Wales manager - but hasn't ruled out taking the job in the future.

"I feel it is very unfair, coming into my last two games, to be put in that position and it is not fair on the manager we have now", Bellamy said. "It's very disrespectful to him."

"Who knows what can happen in the future? I could easily say yes or no. You never know what is round the corner."

"If the manager stays on he is working with great players and, for whoever comes in if he doesn't, this is a great opportunity."

Bellamy has already completed his UEFA 'A' coaching licence.

Bellamy has been training with his Wales teammates ahead of his final two international games. Credit: PA

The 34-year-old is Wales' third most capped player of all time - and is due to retire from international duty after games against Macedonia and Belgium this month.

The Cardiff City forward called for the end of Wales' hard-luck stories when it comes to qualifying for a major tournament.

"We haven't qualified for major tournaments because the teams have not been good enough, it's a simple fact," he said.

"We have to get out of that routine of being poor old Wales. Even today people are saying we are unlucky. I am fed up with it."

A few facts about Craig Bellamy

Here are a few facts about Craig Bellamy's career:

1996: joins Norwich as a trainee

2000: August - joins Coventry for £6.5million

2001: June - signs for Newcastle for £6million

2005: July - joins Blackburn for £5million

2006: June - signs for Liverpool for £6million

2007: June - appointed Wales captain following Ryan Giggs' retirement from international football. July - completes £7.5million transer to West Ham

2009: January - joins Manchester City for undisclosed fee

2010: August - joins Cardiff on season-long loan

2011: January - steps down as Wales captain

2012: August - joins Cardiff on two-year deal

*2013: *April - captains Cardiff to Premier League promotion. October - announces international retirement.

Earlier this year, Bellamy joined Fran Donovan on In Touch to discuss his career.

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Playing for Wales 'the best' says Bellamy

Bellamy is the third most-capped player in Welsh history and will win his 77th cap against Macedonia in Friday's qualifier.

This is the last week of my Wales career, I will not play in November.

To play 70-odd times has been the best, even with the disappointments, the lows and the times I did not want to play again, because defeats can do that to you.

But to have the honour of going out and singing the anthem 70-odd times...it's different, it's the best and I hope I get the chance to do it on Friday and again on Tuesday.

I am just grateful for every game I have been lucky enough to play for my country and I really mean that.

It's an honour to play for your country at any level and in any sport. When you get the opportunity to do it 70-odd times it is hard to let go.

I can't tell you how I will feel playing my final home game on Friday. The emotion of it will probably hit me more later on, when I am watching the team, but I have to do what is best for the national team and this group of players are the future.

– Craig Bellamy, Wales and Cardiff striker

Bellamy announces retirement from international duty

The 34-year-old striker will bow out after the Belgium game Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Wales striker Craig Bellamy has announced he will end his international career after the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium.

The 34-year-old Cardiff player had previously stated he could not see himself playing a part in the Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

Could Craig Bellamy be the next Wales manager?

The Western Mail and South Wales Echo are reporting that Cardiff City and Wales forward Craig Bellamy "is emerging as a genuine contender" to be the national team's next manager, with Chris Coleman's future in doubt.

The Western Mail reports 'Bellamy in the frame' while the South Wales Echo asks 'Could Bellamy be the next Wales manager?'

The 34-year-old is due to play his last games for Wales as the World Cup qualifiers draw to a close this month, and could also retire from club football at the end of the season.

He has been a substitute in Cardiff's last two Premier League games.

Bellamy has spoken of wanting to get into management one day, and has passed his full A coaching licence with the FAW.

The papers are speculating he could work in tandem with Raymond Verheijen, the outspoken Dutchman who was Gary Speed's assistant.

Wales' current manager, Chris Coleman, revealed he is considering his future in the job last week, with a contract extension previously agreed, but remaining unsigned.

Chris Coleman: 'It's nice to have Craig Bellamy back'

Wales manager Chris Coleman is pleased to have Craig Bellamy back on the squad for tonight's match against Austria.

"We've got him back for this friendly. The next twelve or twenty four months, in all honesty, I don't think we'll have him for too many friendlies, because he needs his rest.

"It's nice to have him back".

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Bellamy boosts fund to help victims of Cardiff collisions

Cardiff City and Wales striker Craig Bellamy has given 4 thousand pounds for the victims of a series of incidents in Cardiff last week.

31 year old Karina Menzies was killed last Friday and thirteen others were injured.

Cardiff City football club and its fans had raised six thousand pounds to help those effected, but Bellamy made a personal donation to round that figure up to ten thousand pounds.

Malky Mackay dismisses Craig Bellamy internet speculation

Cardiff's Craig Bellamy (right) has been the subject of internet speculation Credit: Andy Lloyd/PA Wire

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay says Craig Bellamy will return to action for the club in the home match against Leeds next month - despite internet rumours suggesting he's about to retire.

Speculation on social networking site Twitter suggested Bellamy had taken a ten-day break from the game for personal reasons.

But the Cardiff boss says his player has a calf injury and will return when he's recovered.

Cardiff City could sign Craig Bellamy

Could Craig Bellamy be returning to Cardiff? Credit: ITV News Wales

There are unconfirmed reports tonight that Cardiff City Football Club are working out a financial plan to sign Wales and Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy.

Bellamy signed for the Bluebirds two years ago on a season long loan deal.

Cardiff's owners recently announced a £100m investment plan after the club agreed to change its shirt from blue to red.

Bellamy named in Wales squad for Mexico

Chris Coleman has named his 23-man squad for Wales' match against Mexico at the end of the month. It's the first time the Wales manager has taken charge of picking the squad. Although already appointed, he decided to take a back seat for the Gary Speed Memorial match against Costa Rica in February.

Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy, 32, is included, a sign that he may continue his Wales career into the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. He'd previously admitted he was considering his international future after Speed's death.

Wales face Mexico in New Jersey, USA on 27 May, before qualifying begins in September, against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Wales squad to face Mexico:

  • J Brown, L Price, R Taylor; D Blake, N Eardley, C Gunter, A Matthews, S Ricketts, N Taylor, A Williams; J Allen, A Crofts, D Edwards, A King, J Ledley, A Ramsey, D Vaughan; G Bale, C Bellamy, S Church, S Morrison, H Robson-Kanu, S Vokes
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