Snodgrass - I'd hate to miss finals

03 September 2013 04:46

Robert Snodgrass does not want to follow Kenny Miller into international retirement without an appearance in a major finals for Scotland.

The 33-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps striker called time on his international career following his goal in the 3-2 friendly defeat to England at Wembley last month never having experienced a World Cup or a European Championship.

Snodgrass is just about to turn 26 and has time on his side but with the Scots having failed to reach the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil next summer, he will have to look at the 2016 European Championships for his first invite to the top table of international football.

Ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Belgium at Hampden Park on Friday night, which is followed by an away trip to Macedonia, the Norwich forward was asked if there was fear of missing out like Miller.

"Yes, it would be," he said. "And I would hate to say that.

"As an individual you can only do as much as you can in each match but it's a team game.

"Kenny Miller had a terrific Scotland career, he won so many caps and he was a joy to play with.

"So it was very unfortunate for him that he never got the chance but hopefully, as young men, we can try to build a very successful time under Gordon Strachan.

"In terms of not being able to qualify (for Brazil), that takes a little bit of the pressure off.

"But there is a pressure on yourself as an individual because you are always judged differently from club level, to see if you can take it into international level and as of yet, we haven't done that.

Source: PA