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Bellamy set to end international career

ESPN staff
October 8, 2013
Craig Bellamy made his debut for Wales as an 18-year-old © PA Photos

Craig Bellamy has announced he will retire from international football after Wales' World Cup qualifying campaign.

The 34-year-old has netted 19 goals for his nation and won 76 caps, and the clashes against Macedonia and Belgium are set to be his last after making his debut in 1998. The Macedonia game on Friday will be his final appearance in Wales.

"Players come and go and my career has definitely come and gone," Bellamy said, who first appeared for his country as an 18-year-old.

Bellamy admits it has been a tough decision to end his 15-year international career, but feels he has to do the right thing for the current squad.

"I have to do what's best for the national team and this group of players are the future. The next qualifiers, two-odd years, I'm not going to see it.

"I'm just grateful for every game I've been lucky enough to play for my country, and I really mean that. It's an honour to play for your country at any level at any sport."

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