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Kenny Miller hangs up Scotland boots

August 23, 2013
By Kristan Heneage

Vancouver Whitecaps striker Kenny Miller has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect.

Kenny Miller spared Scotland's blushes with an equaliser at home to Macedonia
GettyImagesMiller landed 69 caps for Scotland.

Miller, 33, scored 18 times in 69 appearances for Scotland and will now focus solely on club football after agreeing a fresh six-month deal with Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps late last month.

Captaining the Canadian club in the absence of US international Jay Demerit through injury, Miller has settled well during his first full season in MLS, netting seven times in 15 games.

Asked about his Scotland future recently by the Globe and Mail, Miller responded coyly: “I’ve got a few ideas.”

Scoring a fantastic goal during his last appearance for his country Scotland manager Gordon Strachan opted to pay tribute to the forward as he departed the international scene.

"Kenny is a talented player who absolutely gave the best of himself when he was on Scotland duty,” Strachan said. "In my time as national coach it has been a pleasure to have a player with his ability and experience in the squad. He has come to this decision to help prolong his club career, and feels that this is the best time to bow out. We understand his decision and wish him all the best for the future."

The striker, who enjoyed spells at, Rangers, Celtic, Wolves and Cardiff, finishes his Scotland career with only Kenny Dalglish, Denis Law, Hughie Gallacher, Lawrie Reilly and Ally McCoist ahead of him in Scotland's list of all-time top scorers.

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