Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's All Thanks to Bellamy - Bothroyd; INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's All Thanks to Bellamy - Bothroyd; INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL

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JAY Bothroyd credits Craig Bellamy with helping him win his shock England call-up.

Andy Carroll looks set to start tomorrow's Wembley friendly with France if he passes a test on a groin injury but is unlikely to complete the game so Bothroyd is poised to feature.

That would make the Cardiff striker the first man from outside the top flight to win a senior cap since David Nugent's goal getting debut against Andorra in 2007.

And, Bothroyd, kicked out of Arsenal for 'stupidity' 10 years ago insists Bellamy is the key.

"Craig has been terrific," said Bothroyd. "He has come into the club and shown his professionalism. He brought in that winning mentality and has been great for me personally.

"I speak to him and see what he does every day, which is why he is where he is. He has told me where I can improve. …

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