Morison: Bellamy wants to get Wales to the World Cup for Speed

The Norwich and Wales striker says the 32-year-old forward is not contemplating international retirement yet and is targeting a place at Brazil 2014
Wales striker Steve Morison insists team-mate Craig Bellamy has no intention of retiring from international duty and has set his sights on sealing qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

The 32-year-old was dissuaded from retirement by the late national team boss Gary Speed and remains a key member of the Welsh side.

And Morison says the former captain is now targeting a tournament berth in Brazil, following Speed's untimely death in November 2011.

"Craig [Bellamy] wants to get to the World Cup more than anybody," Morison told BBC Sport.

"The way we have performed in the last year has been fantastic. If we can carry that on we will be a match for anybody" - Steve Morison
"[It's] especially because Gary Speed was a good friend of his. He feels he still has something to prove and has a lot to offer.

"He is good around the other players and he wants to reach Brazil as much as the rest of the squad. I can't see him retiring from Wales any time soon. Long may that continue. He is still a quality player.

"I have trained and played with him as well as against him in the Premier League. He's a great player and I'm glad he is here."

Morison became a Wales regular under Speed and scored his first international goal against Montenegro under his guidance.

And the Norwich forward, who struck nine times in the Premier League this term, believes a first World Cup appearance since 1958 would be a fitting tribute to the former Newcastle man.

"Our plan is to qualify for the World Cup," he added.

"That is what Gary Speed put in place when he first came in. The aim was Brazil and he went a hell of a long way to putting us on the right path.

"We have put something in place and the nucleus of that is still here apart from the person in charge. Hopefully Chris Coleman can carry it on and we keep going in the right direction.

"The way we have performed in the last year has been fantastic. If we can carry that on we will be a match for anybody. Sunday is another step towards our goal."