Scotland have lost one of their iconic goalkeepers after over 16 years of service to his national side. David Marshall announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday afternoon, explaining that he felt the need to give others opportunities.
Marshall won 47 caps in his time, despite coming up against stiff competition in the position from Allan McGregor and Craig Gordon over the course of his career. Marshall explained in a statement to the Scottish FA, that he felt the time had come for others to have their chance, as was quoted by The Independent.
“I have memories of playing for Scotland that will last a lifetime but I also know what it is like as a young goalkeeper to have the opportunity.”
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Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall has announced his retirement from international football.
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“That was the overriding factor in my decision: Liam [Kelly] and Zander [Clark] have been involved in recent squads for a while now and it is important that they can benefit from the experience of supporting Craig as No.1.”
Marshall, now 37, has recently signed for Hibernian in Scotland following 15 years in England and Wales. Since the end of Euro 2020, Marshall has lost his position as first choice for Scotland to Gordon but has been in several squads too.
One thing that will never be taken away from him was his iconic penalty save against Serbia: his stop against Aleksandar Mitrovic in the penalty shoot-out took Scotland to their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup and sparked wild celebrations across the country.
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Set a record for the longest-spanning international career for a Scottish player (16 years 2 months and 26 days) at the same time as saving the penalty which qualified Scotland for their first major tournament in 22 years. ? https://t.co/YrF1n817I8
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