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Boyd quits Scotland under Burley

Kris Boyd
Boyd has played just 28 minutes in six matches under George Burley

Rangers striker Kris Boyd has told BBC Scotland he will not play for Scotland again under manager George Burley.

Boyd said he left a message with the Scotland boss on Saturday night after Burley told Radio Scotland the forward must prove himself with his club.

"I left a message on George Burley's phone last night and he hasn't got back to me," said the 25-year-old Boyd.

"I will not be playing for George Burley again, but I hope to be back in a Scotland jersey again one day."

Boyd spent the entire 90 minutes of Saturday's match against Norway on the bench and contacted Burley after the 0-0 draw when he heard the Scotland manager's comments on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound programme.

In his post-match interview with BBC Scotland's Chick Young, Burley defended his decision to replace Birmingham City striker James McFadden with Wolves' Chris Iwelumo during the match.

"Kris has got to establish himself in the Rangers team, which he hasn't done," said Burley.

"Chris (Iwelumo) came on because he's been playing regularly and has scored eight goals in six games for Wolves.

"You're always looking for players to prove themselves, and Boyd is not any different from anyone else in the squad."

In a statement released in response to Boyd's decision, Burley confirmed that the player had been in contact with him over the decision to step down, and expressed his disappointment that Boyd would not be available for Scotland's remaining Group Nine World Cup qualifiers.

"I've spoken with Kris and he told me that he was disappointed not to play on Saturday or in the last couple of matches," said Burley.

"He said that he did not want to be considered for future Scotland squads so that he can concentrate on his club career.

"It is disappointing that he has chosen to do this at a crucial time in our World Cup campaign, but it is his decision to make and I will, of course, respect it."

I will not be playing for George Burley again, but I hope to be back in a Scotland jersey again one day

Kris Boyd
Boyd also told BBC Scotland that he decided to contact the chief executive of the Scottish Football Association, Gordon Smith, to inform him of his decision to step down from international football under Burley after leaving the message for the Scotland manager.

Boyd added: "I didn't think just leaving a message was very professional, so I spoke with Gordon Smith and informed him of my decision."

Smith agreed that Boyd's departure was his own decision, but admitted that the player is an important part of Scotland's setup and perhaps the decision was made in anger.

"It's very disappointing, you want to have all your players available and Kris Boyd has a good scoring record for Scotland," said Smith.

"But it's his decision and we must always respect a player when they make that decision.

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"It's a shame he's not going to be available for us in the future, but it's his decision and we have to go along with it.

"He didn't play yesterday, he didn't come on as a substitute, maybe he's a bit upset.

"It might have been the kind of thing that if Kris had spent a bit of time thinking about it he might have changed his mind - it's maybe a quick reaction to how he feels.

"He may change his mind, and hopefully he will, because he would be a very important player to have in our squad."

Rangers midfielder Lee McCulloch also retired from international football last month, but the SFA insisted at the time that his decision was not fuelled by a rift between McCulloch and the national manager.


see also
The bench of frustration
12 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Iwelumo vows to shake off howler
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Scotland 0-0 Norway
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Scotland looks on in disbelief
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Draw disappoints Norway's coach
10 Oct 08 |  Internationals
World Cup qualifying as it happened
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
McCulloch quits Scotland set-up
08 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Pick your Scotland XI
10 Sep 07 |  Internationals


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