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Weir quits Scotland

Published: Tuesday 1 October 2002, 13.21CET
Scotland's EURO 2004™ hopes have been hit by David Weir's decision to stop playing for his country.
 
Published: Tuesday 1 October 2002, 13.21CET

Weir quits Scotland

Scotland's EURO 2004™ hopes have been hit by David Weir's decision to stop playing for his country.

Everton FC defender David Weir has told the Scottish Football Association (SFA) that he no longer wants to play for his country.

No Vogts of confidence
Weir, who had been criticised by Scotland coach Berti Vogts following the 2-2 draw with the Faroe Islands last month, made his position known in a letter to the SFA ahead of the EURO 2004™ qualifier against Iceland.

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"We have been in contact with David Weir regarding his future as a Scotland player," an SFA spokesman told Everton's official website. "David made it clear that he does not want to make himself available for selection at the current time. He has not retired from international football."

'Disappointed' in Weir
Vogts was quoted as saying that Weir and fellow centre-back Christian Dailly of West Ham United FC had "disappointed" him and "were to blame for the goals conceded" in the Group 5 draw in the Faroes. Weir, 32, has won 37 caps since his debut in 1997.

 
Last updated: 01/10/02 14.35CET

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