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West Ham's Bellamy reveals Wales bias

West Ham striker Craig Bellamy has revealed he's suffered in the past in his bid to play for Wales.

He told the Daily Express: "With England I've seen boys get told 'off you go and do the club proud'.

"But with Wales it's like 'do you really need to go? We could really do with you staying here to continue your rehab.

"I have moved heaven and earth to play for Wales in the past and booked flights myself to make it happen because I'm proud to be Welsh and international games mean a lot to me.

"The biggest problem I have had in the past was with my clubs. I have picked up injuries in my career and it is a little different playing for Wales. I have had to fight my corner for Wales over the years."

The spiky forward is currently enjoying some unique nocturnal arrangements as he works his way back to full fitness.

He added: "I have got my own altitude tent and I sleep in it every night because it speeds up recovery and improves my overall fitness.

"This is a critical stage of my career and if I had cut corners it would have been tough for me to come back. My rehabilitation has been quite extraordinary. I want to really attack the last years of my career in a positive manner.

"I'm ready to play 90 minutes and complete two games in five days because I feel good and I've done the groundwork."

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