Bellamy gives up Wales captaincy

Published Add your comment

Football News

Craig Bellamy insists he remains committed to Wales despite giving up the captaincy.

Bellamy has to restrict the number of games he plays due to ongoing knee problems and has already informed new Wales boss Gary Speed.

"I've made Gary aware of my decision," Bellamy told reporters after Cardiff's 2-0 victory over Coventry on Boxing Day. "I'm not going to be able to play every game for Wales so I feel it would be best to give the armband to someone who will be there for every game."

He added: "I feel, with the young squad we have, it would be best.

"Being captain for Wales was great. It's a huge honour. I will get right behind the next person who does it.

"I've always said I'll never retire but I have to be clever about which games I play and which games I can't."

Bellamy, who is on loan from Manchester City at Cardiff, added: "I was very fortunate because I watched Gary as a captain, I watched him turn up for every game and lead from the front.

"I'm not going to be able to play every game, it's not going to be possible. I said this to John Toshack, it's no secret.

"Being captain is a great honour but it isn't the reason I turn up for Wales or not. Putting on that Welsh jersey has always meant as much to me."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Gary Speed
Manchester City
Craig Bellamy
Cardiff City
John Toshack
Coventry City

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again