Bell will never call time on Wales

WALES v AUS­TRIA 7.45pm – Sky Sports 3

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WALES ace Craig Bel­lamy has in­sisted he’ll NEVER quit when it comes to in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

The Cardiff striker, 33, is set to win his 71st cap against Aus­tria in tonight’s friendly at Swansea de­spite on­go­ing ru­mours he planned to call time on play­ing for his coun­try.

But he said: “I’ve al­ways tried to stay quiet about my fu­ture but I’m a firm be­liever that you don’t re­tire.

“If I’d felt like that a few months ago and re­tired, what hap­pens a few months later if you want to come back?

“It’s best to keep quiet, see how your frame of mind is and see where you are.

“I’m fit and en­joy­ing my foot­ball at the minute. The added bonus for me is that my next game is rep­re­sent­ing my coun­try – the big­gest hon­our in the game.”

The former Liver­pool and New­cas­tle hit­man is back in Chris Cole­man’s squad af­ter miss­ing the four World Cup qual­i­fiers in the au­tumn.

Qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Brazil 2014 al­ready looks an out­side bet af­ter they won just one of those games – 2-1 at home to Scot­land.


But Bel­lamy said: “I’ve watched the qual­i­fiers from the side­lines and I be­lieve we haven’t played to the level this team is ca­pa­ble of.

“There’s a lot of tal­ent in this squad and we should have bet­ter re­sults.

“We should have had more points than we’ve got. We haven’t played at the level we should con­sid­er­ing the cal­i­bre of play­ers we’ve got.

“We have Gareth Bale – who is an out­stand­ing and re­mark­able foot­baller – Joe Allen and Aaron Ram­sey. They are three foot­ballers who would be the heart­beat of any team in the world.

“They are foot­ballers who would grace any na­tional side and play for any club.

“They are com­fort­able on the ball – and I would ac­tu­ally pay to go and watch them.

“They can be the heart and soul of our na­tional team for a num­ber of years to come. The re­spon­si­bil­ity is on us to show pride and turn up.”

NO QUITTER: Bel­lamy

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