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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Wednesday, 13 March, 2002, 16:12 GMT
Lambert returns for Scots
Paul Lambert will return to international football
Paul Lambert has reversed his decision to retire from international football and will captain Scotland in their Euro 2004 qualifying campaign.

New Scotland manager Berti Vogts spoke with Lambert last week and has persuaded the experienced Celtic midfielder to go back on his earlier decision.

And, after talks at Hampden Park on Wednesday, Lambert agreed to come out of retirement in order to help with the development of Scotland's younger players.

Vogts said: "I am delighted with this decision.

"I am sure Paul will set an example to the young talent which will be a major part of the Scotland team in the future.

I had not intended to make a comeback, but I was impressed by what Berti had to say
Paul Lambert
"He will captain the team and his talents will be a major asset for our hopes of qualifying.

"He is not doing this for his own benefit. It is a selfless decision for the benefit of the national team and I applaud him for taking this step."

The Celtic skipper - who has won 28 Scotland caps - said: "This has been one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make.

"I had not intended to make a comeback, but I was impressed by what Berti had to say.

"I am now looking forward to playing my part in Berti's team."

O'Neill told his club's website: "Berti Vogts is obviously a very persuasive man.

"Hes seen Paul playing himself and Paul has been performing very, very well indeed.

"Hes still fit and fresh and, while we as a club may live to regret it because of the number of games he might be involved in, Paul has made the decision and Im supportive of it."

Scotland boss Berti Vogts
"He is the best every week for Celtic and will help the younger generation"
Scotland No.2 Tommy Burns
"You don't want that kind of quality to walk away"
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