Bellamy to retire from Wales duty
One week from tonight, Craig Bellamy will ostensibly have played his final game for Wales against Belgium.
October 8th, 2013
In what’s perhaps a typical fashion for the ‘troubled striker’ (trademark: every lazy journalist ever), his final game will instead come against Macedonia on Friday if he is booked during that match.
Either way, Bellamy’s final home appearance for his country will be this weekend – having already excused himself from a friendly against Finland in November – after which he’ll make the trip to Brussels for Wales’ final Group A game.
Since coming on as a sub against Jamaica in 1998, Bellamy has played 76 times and scored 19 goals – he’s the third most-capped Welsh player of all time, and has the fifth-highest amount of goals.
“Players come and go and my career has definitely come and gone,” he told the BBC. “I have to do what’s best for the national team and this group of players are the future. The next qualifiers, two-odd years, I’m not going to see it.”
“It will be hard to let go,” he admitted.
Arguably the player’s most high-profile goal came in the Welsh defeat of Italy during qualifying for Euro 2004; they finished runners-up to Italy in the group, a point ahead of Serbia and Montenegro but unfortunately went out in the Play-Offs to Russia.
Bellamy’s current contract with Cardiff City expires at the end of this season, and the 34-year old has previously hinted that it could be the end of his club career, too – although he says that he’d love to manage club and country in the coming years.