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Scott Brown announces retirement from international football

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Scott Brown, who retires from Scotland duty with 50 caps for his country, has explained his decision.

"I'm not the type of player who can coast half-heartedly through a game - I give 100% every time," the 31-year-old said.

"Given the importance of this campaign for Scotland, and the challenges ahead at Celtic, I simply felt that I could not keep up both commitments without either my performances or recovery time suffering.

"Gordon [Strachan] understands this completely and I would hope the Scotland supporters understand my position, too. 

"The personal disappointment of not reaching a major championship finals with my country was heightened this summer but we have a great squad of players and I am certain that we can really make a go of this campaign and qualify for Russia."

Strachan praises 'wholehearted' Brown

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has praised midfielder Scott Brown, who has retired from international duty, for his efforts through the years.

"Scott is one of the most wholehearted players I’ve encountered and somebody who puts the team ahead of himself," said Strachan.

"He is not the type to play within himself, either, and I understand and respect the decision he has taken.

“I have huge admiration for a player as selfless as he has been: to sacrifice family time and recovery time to help his country. “We will miss Scott as a player, no doubt about it, but football evolves and it provides an opportunity for others to step-up take that responsibility. We’ll miss him as a person, too, because his influence and popularity around the squad was integral to all that we did as a group.”  

Edited by The_Bhoy_1981

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