Former Coventry City forward Craig Bellamy is a big part of Wales Manager Chris Coleman's plans.
Speaking to BBC Sport, the former Coventry City manager, who will be in charge of Wales for their friendly against Mexico in New York tomorrow, said: "I think Craig knows he's a big part of our plans. .
"If we're going to do anything in this qualifying campaign then we've got a better chance with Craig being part of us than not and he understands that.
"He's 32 and... he's got [nearly] 70 caps and he has put it in for his country, you don't get 70 caps if you don't turn up and I kind of expected he'd be here.
"We've got to look after Craig because he's had that long-term injury, it's difficult for him to play two games in a week.
"But, because of his enthusiasm for football, he wants to play in every game and I'm delighted he's here.
"I've had various conversations with Craig and they've always been positive.
"Craig being Craig he speaks his mind and not everybody likes that, and I suppose we can't agree on everything.
"But in a succesful team, the best teams I've been in, there's always been a little bit of friction and that can be really healthy if it's constructive."
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