Ferguson calls time on Scotland


Scotland boss Craig Levein has revealed that former captain Barry Ferguson has called time on his international career.

Levein was hoping to persuade the veteran Birmingham City midfielder to make himself available for selection again following his appointment as national team manager in December.

Ferguson has not featured for Scotland since being stripped of the captain's armband and banished from the set-up during the "Boozegate" affair which marred George Burley's tenure as manager.

But after moving from Rangers to Birmingham last summer and successfully resurrecting his career, Levein has revealed that Ferguson will not play for Scotland again.

He had hoped to persuade the 32-year-old to return for the forthcoming Euro 2010 qualifying campaign.

"I'm naturally disappointed not to call on Barry's abilities and experience for the Euro 2012 qualification campaign but I understand his reasons," explained Levein.

"The arrangement was that Barry would have the summer to decide. Birmingham returned to pre-season training yesterday and, when we spoke last night, he said that both family commitments and his commitment to Birmingham City were the priorities in his life at the moment.

"I wish him the best of luck and we now move on with our preparations for the qualification campaign, starting with the friendly against Sweden next month."

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