Keep calm and carry on says Craig Bellamy

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WALES star Craig Bellamy says Team GB need to learn from the mistakes of England teams over the years and not get carried away with their success at the Olympics.

The Liverpool striker, who could soon return to Cardiff City, led the Great Britain men’s football side to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 victory over Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday night.

And Stuart Pearce’s side are now favourites to beat South Korea in Cardiff on Saturday night to book a place in the last four but Bellamy is refusing to take anything for granted.

“That’s you English, that’s what you do. I’m Welsh and I’m just grateful to be here and taking part,” said the 33-year-old.

“I’m not saying we’re going to win it, we’re just going to try and beat South Korea.

“You can’t look too far ahead. That’s what you lot do and that’s why you struggle.

“I’ve watched England fans get carried away and I think ‘be careful’ because you could go out in the next game.

“It’s great that football can generate that buzz but we won’t look past the next game. Anything could happen.

“We’re enjoying it,” he added. “There is a lot to be proud of with these Great Britain Games and it’s been an incredible experience just to play a small part.”

Wales captain Aaron Ramsey said: “We’re delighted with finishing top and we’re looking forward to the quarter-finals.

“Staying in Cardiff is great for us because we’ve done a lot of travelling and now we can concentrate on South Korea.”

And fellow Welshman Joe Allen added: “It’s a great feeling to get through the group stages and it was fantastic to play in front of a full house in Cardiff and have such great support.

“I think we’ve got stronger and better as we’ve gone on and that bodes well for the next game.”

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