Craig Bellamy named in Wales squad

 

Craig Bellamy looks set to extend his international career after being named in Chris Coleman's Wales squad for the friendly with Mexico in New Jersey later this month.

The 32-year-old Liverpool forward had been considering calling time on his Wales career following the death of former manager and close friend Gary Speed in November.

It had been thought that Bellamy's appearance as captain in February's Gary Speed Memorial Match against Costa Rica would mark his 68th and last cap, but he now looks likely to continue playing into Wales' 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

While Bellamy is included there is no place for Aston Villa defender James Collins.

Collins fell out of favour towards the end of Speed's time in charge, with Cardiff's Darcy Blake becoming the preferred defensive partner for Swansea's Ashley Williams.

Danny Gabbidon and Rob Earnshaw also miss out on a place in the 23-man squad, while Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was unavailable due to his torn cruciate ligament, meaning Chelsea's Rhys Taylor is handed his first call-up.

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