Coleman wants Bellamy return

Wales coach explains situation with Cardiff City striker

Craig Bellamy: Cardiff City striker missed Wales' opening two qualifiers with injury

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Wales coach Chris Coleman has revealed that he wants striker Craig Bellamy to return to the national team.

Bellamy missed the Dragons' opening two games of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign because of a calf injury he sustained while playing for Cardiff City.

The 33-year-old has recently been rumoured to be inclined to retire from international football as he is still "struggling" to come to terms with the death of former Wales coach and close friend Gary Speed.

However, Coleman is confident that Bellamy wants to play again for his country.


"I saw Craig last week at the team hotel and he was okay in himself," he said.

"He has said himself what he wants to say about his own situation. And I'll sit down with him and find out what he is thinking.

"Of course, a fit, healthy and motivated Craig Bellamy would be an asset to us.

"Bear in mind this is a conversation I've already had with him (Bellamy) once.

"Craig is very much his own man - always has been - and there are only so many times you can travel down the same road with someone.

"But he needs to be sure in his own mind - not mine - that playing would be something he wants.

"And he needs to be clear, really clear, because the environment of international football is not the place to be if you are not in the right place to deal with the challenges it brings."

Wales have lost both their Group A games so far, going down 2-0 to Belgium at home and then getting hammered 6-1 by Serbia in Novi Sad.