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Kenny Miller retires from international football

Miller scored 18 goals in 69 Scotland appearances. (©GettyImages)
Miller scored 18 goals in 69 Scotland appearances. (©GettyImages).

Scotland and Vancouver Whitecaps striker Kenny Miller has announced his retirement from international football.

The 33-year-old made the decision a week after netting what turned out to be his last international goal; a superb strike from outside the box against England in Scotland's 3-2 defeat at Wembley.

After the match in London, Miller said when asked about his Scotland future:

"There’s a chat the manager and I need to have over the next few weeks."

The reasoning behind his decision is reportedly so that he can concentrate on his club across the Atlantic, now that he is not a certain starter for each game.

Miller made his international debut back in 2001 against Poland, coming on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw, and has been a regular ever since, playing under seven different national team managers.

The player, who played for both sides of the Old Firm over his career, was always best on the big occasions, saving his goals for some of the biggest and most crucial matches. He scored in a 1-1 draw with Germany, a 1-0 win over Italy and, of course, that goal at Wembley just last Wednesday. 

As an experienced member of the squad, Miller has even captained the national side on occasion and netted in his first match as captain against Northern Ireland in 2011.

Like all Scotland players of his generation, Miller never made it to an major tournament, but he will still be remembered for his performances on some important Hampden Park nights.

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