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22 May 2013 07:16:58

Kris Commons calls time on Scotland

Kris Commons says he wants to give more time to his family and to focus on his club career after confirming his retirement from international football with Scotland.

The Celtic midfielder, 29, earned 12 caps for Scotland, scoring two goals, but was omitted from Gordon Strachan's latest squad announcement on Tuesday and hours later announced that he no longer wanted to be considered for the national team.

"I have enjoyed my time immensely with the Scotland team and it was a very proud moment every time I pulled on the Scotland shirt," Commons said on the Celtic website.

"I will always, of course, be a Scotland supporter.

"I have thought about this decision for some time. At this stage of my career I just want to give Celtic my 100 per cent commitment and ensure I can prolong my club career as long as possible.

"I also want to give my young family more attention, something I have not been able to do for some time."

Veteran striker Kenny Miller has been assured his Scotland career is not over after being left out of the latest squad to face Croatia next month.

The Vancouver Whitecaps forward, 33, has been struggling with a hamstring problem and was absent from the 28-man pool. With a number of uncapped players earning call-ups, Strachan is keen to use the World Cup qualifier in Zagreb on June 7 to plan for the future.

But he also expects Miller - who has 68 caps - to be back in his plans for the friendly against England in August.

Strachan said: "Kenny has been injured for over a month with a hamstring problem. I spoke to Kenny last week and it would be better for him to rest his hamstring because he could come over here and there's no guarantee that he would play. We will see him in the next squad and he's happy with that."


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