End of the road for McCulloch

Winger retires from international action

By Chris Burton.   Last Updated: 08/09/08 4:48pm

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McCulloch: Door open for return

McCulloch: Door open for return

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Lee McCulloch has announced his retirement from international football with Scotland.

Reports on Monday had suggested the Rangers man was unwilling to represent his country while George Burley was in charge.

Both sides have denied that is the case but, having spoken to the winger, Burley has been unable to persuade the 30-year-old to prolong his career with the national side.

An SFA spokesman confirmed the door had been left open for the former Wigan player to return in the future should he wish to do so.

Fitness

"Lee told George he has been considering his international future since around about the time of the Italy game," he said.

"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."

McCulloch made his Scotland debut against Moldova in 2004, but failed to become a regular member of the national set-up.

In total he earned 16 caps for his country and scored one goal, against Ukraine in a Euro 2008 qualifier at Hampden Park.

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