JOHN TOSHACK insists striker Craig Bellamy must give up the Wales captaincy even though he is the "nearest thing to Kevin Keegan" the coach has seen in 20 years.
The Wales boss has named a 25-man squad for next Tuesday's friendly against Liechtenstein at Wrexham.
Toshack has spoken to Bellamy and Manchester United star Ryan Giggs about the fixture - and both have made it clear they will be available.
Bellamy, who stepped in as captain for the injured Giggs last month for two Euro 2008 qualifiers in Cardiff, knows that the armband will now revert to the winger.
But Toshack made a point of praising Bellamy's short spell leading his country.
"I was very pleased with Craig's contribution to the last two games. He was like a breath of fresh air around the place - particularly after the first game, that very worrying 5-1 defeat by Slovakia which shocked us all."
Bellamy, who has missed the last three Liverpool games with an ankle problem, is expected to return in the Carling Cup tie at Birmingham tomorrow or Sunday's Premiership trip to Arsenal.
"I know he's missed a few Liverpool games. But he's back in training, and I am looking forward to him playing at Wrexham," said Toshack.
"His form this season has been fine. Craig is the nearest thing to Kevin Keegan I have seen in 20 years.
"For us, he led by example and is a constant threat with his pace and running. He is so like Kevin, my old strike partner at Liver pool.
"Kevin could turn bad passes into good ones with his determination and running, and Craig does the same.
"Their work rates are very similar - Craig just runs, and runs and so did Kevin."
Toshack took a surprise decision to name Bellamy as captain but said: "You could see the way that decision affected him.
"He took on the responsibility and had a big influence on things.
"But it is fair to say that when Ryan Giggs returns from injury he will be the captain. Ryan with have a bristling vice-captain alongside him in Craig."