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Craig Bellamy should quit international duty, says Mackay

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Cardiff manager Malky Mackay believes retiring from international football would prolong Craig Bellamy's club career.

Bellamy is expected to call time on his international career with Wales when the World Cup qualifiers end in October, and his club manager believes this wouldn't be a bad thing.

"The time's come for him to bow out as he said he's going to do that and a new breed and a new generation can then come through," Mackay said.

"The lack of international travelling is going to help his body."

Since making his full debut against Jamaica in 1998 the 34-year-old has bagged 19 goals in 74 games for Wales, but it appears the former Liverpool and Manchester City forward has played his last international game.

Bellamy's long history of injuries along with his training schedule at Cardiff are believed to be major reasons why the Welshman will call it a day with the national side.

He was an integral part of his hometown club's promotion to the Premier League last season and the Bluebirds will again needs his experience this season as they bid to survive in the top flight.

"He's one of my experienced players and he's someone who's been there and done it," Mackay said.

"There will be times when he'll be frustrated about something or other in training that he realises he's just got to take a breath and actually go and help players.

"He's got experience to pass on in terms of going into the Premier League so I've got great belief in him."

Bellamy himself has stated that he believes Cardiff can remain in the Premier League this season, and with him in the squad on a regular basis his experience will be crucial in whether the Welsh side do avoid the drop.

 

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