Coleman holds Bellamy hope
Chris Coleman is confident Craig Bellamy will play in Wales' 2014 World Cup qualifiers and has dismissed concerns over Gareth Bale.
Last Updated: 25/05/12 9:30am
Chris Coleman is confident Craig Bellamy will be part of Wales' 2014 World Cup qualification campaign and has dismissed concerns Gareth Bale will only play in competitive matches.
Bellamy has been included in Wales' squad for this weekend's friendly against Mexico, but he has been considering his international future following last year's death of former coach Gary Speed.
However, Coleman believes that, following talks with Bellamy, the Liverpool attacker is committed to Wales' bid to qualify for the next World Cup in Brazil.
"I always thought Craig would play in the World Cup qualifying campaign because I've had various conversations with him and they have always been positive," said Coleman.
"Craig knows he is a big part of our plans. And if we are to do anything in this qualifying campaign then we have a better chance with Craig being part of it.
"People tend to forget Craig is 32 and has won almost 70 caps. You don't get those if you don't turn up so I expected him here."
Meanwhile, Wales coach Coleman does not believe the national team will have another Ryan Giggs situation on their hands after Bale withdrew from the Mexico friendly.
Giggs was often criticised for missing the bulk of Wales' non-competitive fixtures, but Coleman does not expect a repeat with Tottenham winger Bale.
He added: "I played in the same squad as Giggsy and while he didn't play in every friendly, he did turn up for friendly games.
"The problem we had with Ryan was he was one of the best players on the planet.
"He played for Manchester United in every tournament, the Premier League, the Champions League, FA Cup and it was difficult.
"Wales don't have a massive pool of players and I can understand people's frustration because how can you replace players like Giggs or Bale?
"But I don't think we have a repeat scenario. Gareth will play when he is ready. He loves playing for his country and you only have to see his performances, he's done amazingly well for Wales."