Bellamy and Collison play again

Craig Bellamy continued his return to fitness and form with a second-half appearance alongside Jack Collison for Wales away to the Netherlands on Sunday afternoon.

The West Ham United striker got his second run-out off the bench for John Toshack's men in five days after having played for just under half-an-hour in last Wednesday's 1-0 win in Iceland. In front of 50,000 fans at a packed De Kuip Stadium in Rotterdam, Bellamy arrived in the 56th minute, with Wales already two goals behind and immediately took the captain's armband from Jason Koumas. He joined club-mate Jack Collison, with the 19-year-old reserve-team captain having come on at half-time for his second senior international cap.

An extremely youthful Wales side were undone by strikes from Real Madrid duo Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder - with a superb free-kick - in each half. Toshack's side did appear more of a threat with Bellamy's appearance but they were up against an experienced side who are one of the leading contenders for the Euro 2008 finals when they get under way next weekend. The West Ham United No10 did get a chance to pull one back in the 85th minute when he superbly sprung the offside trap and raced clear, only to be denied by Edwin van der Sar.