West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has announced his international retirement, the club’s official website has confirmed.
Snodgrass played for Scotland last week in the 4-0 defeat to Russia. He then had to withdraw from international duty just hours before Scotland’s win over San Marino. It turns out that the Russia clash was his last game for Scotland.
The veteran midfielder said that he lived his “childhood dream” but is retiring to make way for younger players. He will now fully focus on his career as a West Ham player.
Robert Snodgrass announces retirement
Over the course of his career, Snodgrass has racked up 28 appearances for his country. The Glasgow-born winger made his debut in 2011 and scored seven goals in total, including a hat-trick against Malta in September 2016.
But he has now decided to hang up his boots on the international scene. In an emotional message to Scotland fans, Snodgrass said (via whufc.com):
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream.
It’s been such a special feeling pulling on that Scotland jersey since I was 16-years-old.
There have been many highs throughout my international career which I’ll always remember with fondness, including my debut against Northern Ireland and my hat-trick in Malta.
It’s now the right time for me to step aside, though, and retire from international duty and let the boys and younger players take my place and hopefully push the squad forward.”