24 May 2014

Bellamy retires from football

6:38 am on 24 May 2014

The former Wales captain Craig Bellamy has announced his retirement from football at the age of 34 following Cardiff City's relegation from the English Premier League.

The forward represented his country 78 times before retiring from international football in 2013 and he played for seven Premier League clubs including Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, West Ham United and Manchester City during a 17-year playing career.

Bellamy, who played his final game in Cardiff's 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea on the last day of the season says he had had offers to continue playing from clubs in England and the United States but was planning to move into management.