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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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.


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'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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