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I want more Scotland caps - Alexander

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Burnley veteran Graham Alexander is keen to prolong his career with Scotland.

Alexander, 37, switched to a holding role last season for his club and was outstanding as they clinched promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

"I want to play as long as possible," he said. "It is a privilege to play for Scotland and hope it will last."

After playing a marathon 61 games for the Clarets, he was rewarded by manager Owen Coyle with a one-year extension to his contract.

Despite a hectic schedule on the horizon Alexander wants to build on his 38 Scotland caps - he did not make his debut until he was 30.

He hopes to make the squad to face Norway in a World Cup qualifier on August 12 - it is being announced on Tuesday - after sitting out the victory against Iceland because of a hamstring injury.

Alexander said: "I have loved my time with Scotland the last seven years. I have been involved with some great teams and we've achieved some great results. I still want to be part of it."

Coyle has nothing but admiration for the way Alexander goes about his business.

"He was running around like a 16-year-old on the day we reported back for training, " said the former St Johnstone boss.

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