Craig Bellamy handed surprise Wales call-up for Croatia clash

13 May 2010 12:51
Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy has surprisingly been named in the Wales squad for this month's international friendly against Croatia.

Bellamy was thought unlikely to feature in the match in Osijek on May 23 having missed his country's last three games.

Look who's back: Craig Bellamy is a surprise inclusion in Wales boss John Toshack's squad for the friendly with Croatia on May 23

WALES SQUAD Wayne Hennessey (Wolves), Boaz Myhill (Hull); James Collins (Aston Villa), Danny Gabbidon (West Ham), Chris Gunter (Nott'm Forest), Craig Morgan (Peterborough), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City), Sam Ricketts (Bolton), Ashley Williams (Swansea); Andrew Crofts (Brighton), Simon Davies (Fulham), Andy Dorman (St Mirren), David Edwards (Wolves), Andy King (Leicester), Brian Stock (Doncaster); Craig Bellamy (Man City), Simon Church (Reading), David Cotterill (Swansea), Rob Earnshaw (Nott'm Forest), Ched Evans (Sheffield United), Sam Vokes (Wolves)

Manager John Toshack had spoken recently of not picking the 30-year-oldfor friendlies while the player was also expected to visit his charityfootballing foundation in Sierra Leone.

Bellamy has played in just two of Wales' last nine fixtures and there has beenspeculation over his international future since an injury row last August.

That erupted when Bellamy failed to report for training for a friendly againstMontenegro due to a knee injury.

City accepted the blame at the time for failing to inform the Football Association of Wales of the problem.

The striker did return for World Cup qualifiers against Russia and Finland but has missed the last three friendlies.

Moving on: Bellamy has been linked with a move away from Manchester City this summer

Bellamy, 30, watched hometown club Cardiff's Championship play-offsemi-final penalty shootout win over Leicester on Wednesday night.

  And the former Liverpool and West Ham star as been linked with amove away from Eastlands this summer, following a series of fall-outs with manager Roberto Mancini.

Everton are the latest clubto register their interest in the forward, alongside Tottenham Hotspur.

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