Bellamy keen on new Wales captain

26 December 2010 08:38
Skipper Craig Bellamy has welcomed the appointment of Wales manager Gary Speed, but says his former team-mate should find a new national captain.Cardiff front man Bellamy says his ongoing knee trouble means that he will not be able to play every Wales game, although he remains fully committed. [LNB]"Being captain is a great honour, but it's not the reason why I turn up for Wales," said 31-year-old Bellamy. [LNB]The striker was speaking after starring in Cardiff's 2-0 win over Coventry. [LNB]The Bluebirds skipper terrorised the visitors' defence, setting up the first goal for Seyi Olofinjana and scoring the second himself.[LNB] I'd never felt so disheartened after games [under John Toshack] because we weren't able to have a go Craig Bellamy Cardiff-born Bellamy says he is hopeful that the way his knee condition has been managed this year means that he will be there for the "crunch time" as his club chases promotion, having regularly had to miss the final two-to-three months of the season throughout his career. [LNB]"I want to have a huge impact and play at the level I did [against Coventry]," said the on-loan Manchester City star. [LNB]Bellamy replaced Ryan Giggs as national captain when the Manchester United star retired from Wales duty in 2007. [LNB]The former Liverpool and Newcastle player's commitment to his country has never been in doubt, but he has often missed internationals because of injury trouble, James Collins and Ashley Williams having taken the armband in his absence. [LNB]"I've always said that I'll never retire [from Wales duty] but I have to be clever over which games I play and which I don't," said Bellamy. [LNB]"I'm not going to be able to play every game, it's impossible. [LNB]"I told [former manager John Toshack who made Bellamy skipper] that he would be better giving the armband to someone who will be there week-in, week-out. [LNB]"I watched [Gary Speed as national captain] turn up every game and lead from the front... he's a person I trust completely. [LNB]"He's an incredible appointment [as manager]. I admired him so much as a player, I was privileged to play with him. It was impossible not to be impressed as a youngster coming through." [LNB]While Bellamy says he does not want to blame Toshack for Wales' woes in recent seasons, he offered a wide-ranging critique of the ex-manager's style of play and said he expects a completely different approach under Speed. [LNB]"Wales need an identity, at the moment we haven't got one," said Bellamy. [LNB]"We're very easy to play against. I'm not blaming Toshack, he wanted to play counter-attacking football, but it's not in our mentality. [LNB]"We're hard workers, so why not get at [the opposition]? [LNB]"[Under Speed] we're going to train with intensity and play with intensity - that hasn't been the case for the last six or seven years. [LNB]"I'd never felt so disheartened after games [under Toshack] because we weren't able to have a go. [LNB]"I don't think that the players were good enough [to play Toshack's way]. [LNB]"Our players aren't made that way and our crowds aren't made that way - that's why [the fans] never turned up. [LNB]"Teams must have loved playing against us in the last couple of years."

Source: BBC_Sport