Ham­mer calls time on his Scot­land ca­reer

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

Scot­land mid­fielder Robert Sn­od­grass has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

Sn­od­grass played in the 4-0 de­feat to Rus­sia in Moscow on Thurs­day night but feels it is the right time for him to step aside.

He with­drew from the squad ahead of the 6-0 win over San Marino and Lewis Mor­gan was called in as a last-minute re­place­ment.

The 32-year-old, who plays in the English Premier League for West Ham, an­nounced his de­ci­sion on In­sta­gram yes­ter­day morn­ing.

He said: “Thank you for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to live my child­hood dream.

“It’s been such a spe­cial feel­ing pulling on that Scot­land jer­sey since I was 16 years old. There’s been many highs through­out my in­ter­na­tional ca­reer which I’ll al­ways re­mem­ber with fond­ness, in­clud­ing my de­but against North­ern Ire­land, win­ning two in­ter­na­tional player of the year awards, and my hat-trick in Malta.

“It’s now the right time for me to step aside though and re­tire from the na­tional team and let the boys and younger play­ers take my place and hope­fully push the squad for­ward.

“I will now watch as a fan and I hope to see us play at a ma­jor tour­na­ment again soon. Fin­gers crossed the boys do it come March.”

Sn­od­grass – who started his ca­reer at Liv­ingston be­fore spells at Leeds, Nor­wich and Hull, with loan pe­ri­ods at Stir­ling Al­bion and As­ton Villa – ends his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer with seven goals in 28 ap­pear­ances, af­ter mak­ing his de­but in 2011.

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