Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bellamy Sticks to Guns on Rant

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bellamy Sticks to Guns on Rant

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CRAIG Bellamy insists he has no regrets over the outburst that shocked Welsh football and the national captain was prepared to dish out some more home truths yesterday ahead of the showdown with Germany, writes PAUL WALKER.

The former Newcastle striker produced a savage condemnation of the current Wales squad and their prospects for the future after the shocking display in Saturday's 2-0 defeat at home to Finland.

But as the Manchester City front man prepares to lead out his country again at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, it was clear he is still an angry young man.

Bellamy said: "I stand by what I said after the game. Maybe I could have chosen my words differently, but I still very much believe in what I said. I could have worded it differently, but I have to put up with that.

"Sometimes you can not be honest in football, you have to duck questions and be as diplomatic as you can. But for me that is not easy. I am emotional and I try to be honest as much as I can. Basically I do not like letting people off. We were all disappointed and frustrated, and I say things. I am old enough to know that such comments allow people to have a dig back, but I can handle that." And the 29-year-old said: "We must do a lot better now than we did against Finland, and that was the motivation for what I said. Whatever the tactics and formations, you still have to perform to the best of your ability.

"I'm just a player, it is not like rugby when the captain has a say in team selection and tactics, I am told to just go out and play.

"We are all going to come in for flak, we have virtually gone out of another campaign but we have to get on with it." And, although Bellamy says he would not like to play in the style Northern Ireland used to beat Poland on Saturday, he would love to play for Wales in the same volatile atmosphere that is found in Belfast. …

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