Scott Brown, the Celtic captain has blamed a packed football calendar as he retired from Scotland duty for a second time.
Initially he ended his international career in August 2016. The 32-year-old has earned 55 caps. Two months later, he overturned that decision but has called it a day after talks with Alex McLeish, who has succeeded Gordon Strachan as team boss.
He said: “In terms of looking after my own body and in interests of my family, I felt now is the right time. I have spoken to Alex McLeish over the weekend. I really wanted to tell Alex first what I was thinking about things.
“As I said to Alex, I felt that, given the demands which are increasing all the time in football and at this stage of my career, I wasn’t able to give both my club and country my best and I needed to focus purely on Celtic at this time. The football calendar is more and more demanding now.”
McLeish said: “I would like to thank Scott for his dedication to his country throughout his career. I have known Scott for a long time and know how difficult this decision has been for him. Scott gave his all every time he represented his nation and his influence on the squad is immeasurable. He has been a shining example for the younger players in the squad and an influential figure in the dressing room.”
“I have really enjoyed my time with Scotland and making over 50 caps is something which I will always be really proud of,” Brown told Celtic’s website. It was a huge honour to pull on the Scotland jersey every time I was given the opportunity and to be able to captain my country is a privilege I will always cherish.”
Brown thanked the managers and players saying, “I want to wish Alex and the squad the very best of success for the future and particularly for the upcoming campaign. Obviously I’ll be supporting the lads all the way as they try to get to the Euros.”
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