Jay hails Bellamy influence

Striker also reflects on end to Arsenal career as a teenager

Bothroyd: Bellamy praise

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England new boy Jay Bothroyd has praised Cardiff City team-mate Craig Bellamy for helping him to improve as a player this season.

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Bellamy stepped down from the Premier League to join Cardiff on loan from Manchester City in the summer and he has had a major influence on the Championship leaders.

Bothroyd has benefited from the Welshman's advice to lead the division's scoring charts and also earn a call-up for England's friendly against France.

The former Arsenal youngster is expected to feature at some stage on Wednesday and he has thanked Bellamy for his input over the past few months.

Winning mentality

"Craig has been terrific," said Bothroyd. "He has come into the club and shown his professionalism.

"He brought in that winning mentality and has been great for me personally because I have known him since we were at Coventry together.

"I speak to him regularly and see what he does every day, which is why he is where he is.

"He has told me where I can improve. I have taken the advice on board and embraced it.

"To have a world-class player like that at the club, for him to come from Manchester City after the season they had, is great."

Immature

Bothroyd also reflected on the end of his Arsenal career as a teenager when, fuming at being substituted by Don Howe in a reserve team cup final, the 28-year-old threw his shirt to the floor in disgust.

"The last time I was at Arsenal's training ground I was clearing out my locker," he revealed.

"I was a kid. Very immature and arrogant. Liam Brady called me in and said I was being placed on the transfer list.

"I realised what I lost immediately. I grew up supporting Arsenal, I dreamed of playing for them.

"I got home and my dad gave me a few licks.

"I let myself down in a massive way. I had to go away and look at yourself. It has been a long journey, but I am in an England squad today."