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SNODGRASS EXPLAINS SCOTS ‘WALK-OUT’ 

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ROBERT SNODGRASS reckons his decision to quit Scotland has been vindicated by his performances at West Ham before the coronavirus lockdown.

The 32-year-old called time on his international career in October 2019 after winning 28 caps and scoring seven goals during an eight-year spell representing his country.

Snodgrass, who started his career at Livingston, faced criticism for the decision for so-called walking out on Steve Clarke’s squad.

However, the attacking midfielder, who has scored five goals in 21 appearances for the London outfit since his decision, maintains he made the right call for club and country.

Snodgrass, speaking to Sky Sports‘ Scottish Football podcast, said: “The biggest thing was focusing on club level. You want to have a great pre-season, you want to play games.

“But at the very start of this season I never played, I only play one in the first nine or 10. I was trying to assess things because I was fit, strong and was feeling good.

“I went away with Scotland because I was trying to get some game-time somewhere, but it just wasn’t working out with Scotland, the results weren’t happening.

“I felt as though I was getting in the way, I felt as if it was time for the younger boys coming through to shine and for me to put 100 per cent of my focus on my West Ham career.

“On the international scene, you travel away, come back, feel sluggish and it’s very difficult, so my decision was so that I could save myself for West Ham.

“I know Scotland fans won’t like that, but they needed a young, fit, energetic lad to come in there. Give them the chance, [after all]I’d had a few failed campaigns.

“Everything was focused on trying to get back into the team at West Ham and to help them and I managed to do that. I started against Sheffield United, scored, and I have been in ever since.

“I’ve played 20-odd games, scored and assisted goals and helped the team drive forward.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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