Weir`s Scots bombshell

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DAVID WEIR has delivered a bombshell to Scotland boss Berti Vogts by refusing to play for the national team.

The Everton defender was criticised openly by the German coach following the draw with The Faroe Islands, along with Christian Dailly, and Weir has decided it is in his best interests not to make himself available for selection.

Vogts later claimed he was misquoted, but the damage has been done with the experienced centre back.

The Scottish Football Association have confirmed they received a letter from the former Hearts man stating he did not wish to play for his country in the near future, without citing any specific reason for the decision.

Weir follows in the footsteps of Goodison team-mate Duncan Ferguson, who has long decided not to pursue a career at international level.

Scotland face a crucial Euro 2004 qualifier with Iceland, and Vogts is set to announce his squad within the next 48 hours, but it will be missing the 32-year-old stopper. 

Meanwhile, highly-rated Albion Rovers keeper Scott Shearer has arrived for his proposed trial at Goodison.