Coleman holds Bellamy hope
Wales manager Chris Coleman would be delighted if Craig Bellamy decided to carry on playing international football.
Last Updated: 28/02/12 3:57pm
Wales manager Chris Coleman would be delighted if Craig Bellamy decided to carry on playing international football through the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Bellamy will captain his country for the Gary Speed Memorial Match against Costa Rica but it is not clear whether he plans to play for Wales beyond Wednesday's encounter.
While Coleman will not put any pressure on Bellamy to make a decision about the future, he is hopeful that the Liverpool forward will continue to make himself available for Wales.
Coleman insists the 32-year-old remains an important part of the squad, both for his qualities on the field and his experience off the pitch.
"I don't want to sit here and say what I think is going to happen because I would prefer the words to come from Craig," said Coleman.
"He is an experienced player, a passionate Welshman and he still has lots to offer.
"It will be down to whatever Craig wants to do.
"I hope he stays as we need a Craig Bellamy on and off the park. He is a winner who wants things done right.
"I hope Craig stays and I will do my best to keep Craig and we are a better team and squad with him about.
"I hope whatever decision he makes is a good one, and I am confident and hopeful it will be a good one, but it's up to Craig to come out and say that."