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Bellamy confirms Wales exit

Craig Bellamy has confirmed he will end his international career after the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium this month.

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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

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