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Craig Bellamy has revealed he will retire from international duty after Wales' final World Cup qualifiers.

The Cardiff City forward has earned 76 caps for Wales going into the games against Macedonia and Belgium, and has scored 19 goals.

The 34-year-old will play his last international game next Tuesday in Brussels providing he doesn't get booked in their home match against Macedonia in Cardiff on Friday night.

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

"I'm just grateful for every game I've 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 at any sport.

"[Playing] 70-odd times, it's been the best. Even the disappointments, even the lows, even the times I didn't want to play again because sometimes defeats can do that to you".

Bellamy made his international debut for Wales in 1998 against Jamaica, and scored his first goal for his country three months later in Wales' 3-0 win over Malta.

Arguably the highlight of Bellamy's international career came in 2002, when he scored against Italy in their 2004 Euro qualifier to record a famous win.

He was handed the captain's armband for the first time in 2006 against Slovakia by manager John Toshack, and also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.

There are rumours that Bellamy could retire from football altogether at the end of the season, when his contract with Cardiff expires.

Bellamy will retire as the fifth highest scorer in Welsh history, and his country's third-most capped player behind Neville Southall and Gary Speed.

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