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Scotland´s McCulloch calls time on international career

SoccerNews in Scottish Premier League 8 Sep 2008

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Rangers midfielder Lee McCulloch has retired from international football, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) confirmed on Monday.

The announcement comes after reports on Monday morning claimed McCulloch would refuse to play for Scotland while manager George Burley remained in charge and follows on from .

The SFA revealed McCulloch, capped 16 times,

had phoned Burley this afternoon to clarify his position, and Burley had left the door open for the 30-year-old to change his mind.

An SFA spokesman said: “Lee told George he has been considering his international future since around about the time of the Italy game.

“He wants to concentrate on club football and getting back to fitness and playing for his club.

“He assured the manager it was nothing personal.

“George thanked him for the call and said if there came a time when he wished to reconsider, he would be happy to speak to him.”

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