Bell will never call time on Wales
WALES v AUSTRIA 7.45pm – Sky Sports 3
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