ASTON VILLA’S former Rangers right-back Alan Hutton has announced his retirement from Scotland international duty.
The defender was absent from the squad to face England in Friday’s World Cup qualifier at Wembley and it has emerged he had asked manager Gordon Strachan to be excluded.
“I’ve had a really enjoyable nine years with Scotland and would like to think I have done my bit for my country.
“I’d like to thank all the managers I have played under, especially Gordon for sticking by me when I wasn’t a club regular.
Strachan admitted: “Alan Hutton has taken himself out of the frame to be an international player. Was it out the blue? A wee bit.
“He’s maybe in a position now where he’s thinking: ‘How long is that? Ten years? Have I done enough?’ We respect everyone’s decision.”