McNamara to call it a day
By Chris Stanton. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Scotland defender Jackie McNamara has revealed his intention to retire from international football after next month's final World Cup Group Five qualifier with Belarus.
On the eve of the Scots' clash with Norway, McNamara, who has 32 caps to his name, revealed that despite not yet discussing his future with manager Walter Smith, his mind is almost made up.
"Possibly the best thing for me to do is step aside at the end of this campaign - I think that's the right thing to do," he said.
"I've not spoken to Walter about it yet but I'd imagine this will be my last qualification campaign."
The 31-year-old believes that the national team will ultimately benefit from his decision as younger players seek to establish themselves.
The Wolves defender added: "There are a lot of young players coming through at the moment and it would probably be better if I got out of their way.
"I think that would be the best thing for the long-term future of the team.
"Of course I still want to play for Scotland but further down the line the team is more important."
Norway's late win over Slovenia on Saturday means Scotland need to beat the Norwegians to stand any chance of claiming an unlikely play-off place and possibly prolong the international career of McNamara.