Chris Coleman expected Craig Bellamy retirement

Coleman expected Bellamy retirement
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Wales coach Chris Coleman says that he was not surprised by Craig Bellamy's retirement from international football, although he only found out by reading it the newspaper.

Wales boss Chris Coleman has said that he only learned about Craig Bellamy's retirement by reading it in a newspaper.

The 34-year-old had long been known to be considering international retirement before confirming that the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia and Belgium would be his last.

Although Coleman revealed that he was not told personally, the 43-year-old said that the news did not come as a shock to him.

"The first time I saw that was definite was when I read it in a newspaper," Coleman told reporters.

"He has hinted it would be his last campaign, so it's not a big surprise. In the back of my mind, I've been planning going forward, if I am going to be here, without Craig anyway.

"Craig has done numerous articles expressing what he thinks."

The Cardiff City forward has won 76 caps for his country.

Wales national team manager Chris Coleman looks on during the International Friendly match between Wales v Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on August 14, 2013
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