Bellamy back in Wales squad

Craig Bellamy has been recalled by Wales for the friendlies away to Iceland and the Netherlands on 28 May and 1 June respectively.

The international captain, who needs one more cap to bring up his 50, has not played competitively since 2 February with an abdominal problem but has been training with Cardiff City since the end of the season as he nears fitness. The striker's club-mate Jack Collison, still only 19, has also been selected for the first time while Danny Gabbidon (groin) and James Collins (knee) are still on the long-term injured list at Chadwell Heath.

Speaking last week at a fans' forum at the Boleyn Ground, Bellamy revealed his determination to be raring to go for the start of the 2008/09 campaign. He said: "Wales have got a couple of games and hopefully I will be able to play in them ... I can train off the back of that and come into pre-season in really good shape. I am going to attack pre-season and really start off next season in as good form as I can. By playing these games for Wales I will be able to do that."