Bellamy ponders Wales future

30 October 2009 05:28
Wales captain Craig Bellamy admits he would have to consider his international future should Manchester City qualify for the Champions League.[LNB] Bellamy insisted earlier this month that he would not follow the recent trend of Wales retirements, saying before the World Cup qualifier against Finland: "I will still be around (for Euro 2012 qualifying). I don't see anything interrupting that."[LNB] But he has now cast doubt over his continued presence in the national team after establishing himself as a key man in his former Wales boss Mark Hughes' Eastlands resurgence.[LNB] Big-spending City have their sights trained firmly on a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League, and the top-level European place that brings.[LNB] And Bellamy - who has scored 17 goals in 58 caps for his country - concedes that, in those circumstances, something would have to give.[LNB] "If we get to the Champions League - which is what we are aiming for - and I'm still a big part of that, I'll have to be realistic," he said.[LNB] "Can I compete in the Champions League, Premier League, internationals?[LNB] "Every day is a battle for my place in the City side. Am I able to play 50 or 60 matches a season? Probably not.[LNB] "If my knee is sore and Wales have a friendly in Australia, it's not going to work out. I'd have to look at it."

Source: Eurosport