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Stoke star considers Scots future

2017-10-09 09:09:00, Views: 71, ICS

Stoke star considers Scots future

Darren Fletcher will think about retirement from international football after Scotland's latest failure to qualify for a tournament.

Fletcher, 33, could now focus all his energies on Stoke City in the wake of Scotland falling just short of making the European play-offs for the four remaining slots at next summer's World Cup.

The Scotland skipper, speaking after his side's 2-2 draw in Slovenia last night, a game they had to win to make the play-offs, said he would have to consider his international future carefully in the next few weeks.

"It's something I have got to think about now," he told the media.

"I have to consider how old I will be by the time the next tournament rolls around.

"There are a lot of younger players coming through and I will have to think about it.

"I’ve had a really good stint so I don’t know. It’s hard to assess things so quickly after a game and a disappointment like that."

"This one hurts because it’s the most recent. In the past there was obvious disappointment but I always felt there was another qualifying tournament around the corner for me," he told reporters.

"I have had my time and that’s football – it doesn’t stop for anyone, it moves on.

"I have given it my all. People will talk about the disappointment of not achieving anything but I know I’ve given it my all and hope people can see that too."


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