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Oct 12, 2008

Boyd: I'll not play for Scotland again under Burley

Kris Boyd has confirmed he will not play for Scotland again while George Burley is manager.

The Rangers striker was an unused substitute in yesterday's goalless World Cup qualifier against Norway at Hampden.

Boyd told BBC Scotland that he has informed both Burley and Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith of his decision.

"I left a message on George Burley's phone last night and he hadn't got back to me,'' Boyd said.

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

But Boyd insisted he had not closed the door on his Scotland career completely, adding: "I will not be playing for George Burley again, but I hope to be back in a Scotland jersey again one day.''

Boyd has reportedly become frustrated at his lack of involvement under the Scotland boss, playing just 28 minutes of six games while Burley has been at the helm.

And, with seven goals from 15 appearances for the national team, he would have been further disappointed to remain on the bench for the entire game against Norway.

Having started with James McFadden as the lone striker, Burley then turned to Steven Fletcher and Chris Iwelumo - with just one cap between them - in a vain attempt to claim a win.

Boyd's stance follows the decision of Rangers club-mate Lee McCulloch to retire from international football last month.

Scotland manager George Burley has spoken of his disappointment at Boyd's decision to quit international football but insists he will respect his wishes.

In a statement released to PA Sport, Burley said: "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.

"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.''

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