Bellamy: It means nothing that we ended group well
6:02am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
EMOTIONAL Craig Bellamy believes Wales have still got plenty to do to convince anyone their improving despite their fine finish to World Cup qualifying.
Wales finished fifth in Group A but did at least lift themselves off the bottom spot thanks to a win over Macedonia and a shock draw against group winners Belgium on Tuesday night.
The contest in Brussels was Bellamy’s last as an international, having won 78-caps for Wales.
However, despite on paper bowing out on a high, Bellamy insists you can’t read too much into the last two results.
“It’s easy to do when you have nothing to play for,” he said.
“That’s when we’ve usually done quite well because the reins are off, the pressure’s off, it’s easy to play football then.
“It’s not so easy when the pressure’s on and you need to get big results to try and qualify. It’s vital for us ...this generation is a good one, it’s not one like we’ve seen down the years, a lot of them had potential we saw a few years ago but a lot of them have come to the fore now and we can build on that.
“This is an opportunity for us, it really is.”
Bellamy, himself linked to the role of national team coach, offered no insight when it came to Chris Coleman’s long-term future.
“I’m sure it would be (good if he stayed on) but he’s the guy to ask, I can’t answer any questions around that,” he said.
“It’s his opportunity, he’s got it now, if he gets it that’s great but it’s only Chris who can answer that type of question if he wants to stay on and if FAW want him to stay on, I’m sure whatever the result will be good for Wales.”
Bellamy was content with how he bowed out.
“Yeah, it was a decent result. It was difficult, especially when they went 1-0 up, it was a difficult period in the game for us,” he said.
“James (Collins) going off was obviously a blow because we needed as much experience out there as we could, but we then found an extra gear in the last 10/15 minutes and it’s nice that it’s how it ended, because that’s the end now.
“I just wanted to play really, I hadn’t thought too much about it but then it probably sunk in during the national anthem because I knew it would be the last time I would ever be in that position as a player.
“The anthem is something that leaves be speechless to say what it means, it’s important to me, something I cherish. So it did hit home a little bit then that I’m never going to be this side of things ever again, but I’ve enjoyed every second of it. “To reach 78 caps, with the injuries I’ve had over the years, is special to me.”
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