Bellamy unsure over Wales future


Craig Bellamy may have made his final competitive appearance for Wales after admitting he's unsure over whether to return to the international fold.

Following the death of manager Gary Speed last November, Chris Coleman has been installed as the new boss for the country's upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.

An exciting Wales outfit, spearheaded by captain Aaron Ramsey and winger Gareth Bale, were expected to come close to qualifying for the finals in 2014 due to their rapid rise under Speed, but Bellamy is unsure he'll participate.

“He wasn’t just a former teammate,” Bellamy said. “He was my idol in football. He was everything I tried to become. I spoke to him once a week for the last 10 years.

“But I get to see his kids. I speak to his kids every couple of days which is good because they remind me so much of him.”

“I don’t know whether I’ll play on for Wales,” Bellamy added. “I do think it’s going to be difficult for me to play because of the impact of what happened.

“I am committed to the Costa Rica game and then it might be my last. I’m not too sure. It might be but it might not. There are a lot of people I need to talk to.

“Wales has meant everything to me. It has been the highlight of my career. I believed in him that much as a manager and I believed in him that much as a person, I actually thought we were going to qualify for the World Cup.

“I wanted him to have that satisfaction as well because I saw how hard he tried for Wales and how hard he played. To try to qualify and him not be there, I don’t know.”

Bellamy is due to feature for Wales in the Gary Speed tribute match against Costa Rica next month.

The 32-year-old would provide Wales with an experienced head going into a qualifying group which includes Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Scotland and Macedonia.

Prior to the death of Speed, he'd guided Wales to 45th in the FIFA World Rankings, their highest position for 17 years after wins over Switzerland and Bulgaria.

The former Cardiff City striker missed the match with Manchester City, the day the death of Speed was announced, but has since shown some of his best form during his spells at Anfield, helping the club reach the Carling Cup final at the expense of Manchester City.

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