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Montenegro game vital for Wales, blasts Bellamy

Craig Bellamy has said it is vital Wales get their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign off to a positive start tonight.

Wales face Montenegro in Podgorica in their opening match in a group which also features England, Switzerland and Bulgaria.

Bellamy accepts that England are probably the strongest team in the group, but sees little to choose between the rest.

The 31-year-old forward, who joined hometown Cardiff City on-loan from Manchester City last month, said: “We have come here to try to win, I believe Montenegro will try to do the same.

“If either of us have got hopes of trying to do something in this group, this game is vital.

“England — on paper — are superior to all of us, but Switzerland were in the World Cup. Bulgaria are a team you don't know what to expect from. I believe Wales, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Switzerland can really have an impact in this group.

“It isn't over for us if we don't get a good start, but realistically I do believe the way the group is going to pan out we need to have a positive result.

“This is a big game for both of us — a lot rides on tomorrow.”

Wales have undergone a transition in six years since John Toshack took charge with many youngsters coming through.

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