Saturday, August 19, 2017

Scotland shirt still interests me: Ferguson

Former captain Barry Ferguson has said he could revoke his decision not to play for Scotland again in time for the rest of the qualifiers for Euro 2012.

The 32-year-old Birmingham midfielder has not worn a Scotland shirt since being banned for his part in a late-night drinking session at the Scotland team hotel and later making gestures to the media when sitting on the bench as a substitute for a game in Iceland.

That was under former manager George Burley, who was sacked after Scotland failed to reach this summer’s World Cup finals,

His successor Craig Levein then offered Ferguson a way back for the recent Euro 2012 qualifying double-header against Lithuania and Liechtenstein, but the former Rangers player turned him down saying that he wanted to focus on his club career.

But now 45-times capped Ferguson could be ready to change his mind.

“You can never say never in football,” he told BBC Sportsound.

“I don’t have a fear of going out and being booed.

“To captain Scotland is the pinnacle of your career, is it not?

“Craig came down to see me in the summer and we had a great chat.

“He’s a guy I have a lot of respect for. He wanted an answer before the Sweden game and my answer was no.

“Craig knows I will speak to him. His words were: ‘The door will never be shut’.

“It never leaves you and you always want to represent your country.

“Watching the games, you want to be out there helping Scotland get to a major European finals. It does hurt not being part of it.

“When I signed for Birmingham my only concern was to play for them.

“Moving away from my family, the gaffer gave me time to come back up the road.

“My break from internationals gives me more time to spend time with the family.

“But to be asked back, it plays on your mind. It’s not an easy decision to make.”

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