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Ferguson closes door on Scotland comeback

Barry Ferguson has rejected the latest overtures from Scotland coach Craig Levein to return to the international fold, reports The Guardian. Levein has made it plain since taking over as Scotland's manager last December that he wanted to welcome the midfielder back into the fold.

That scenario met with opposition from Birmingham City's manager, Alex McLeish, who handed Ferguson an improved contract in July after the 32-year-old dismissed the likelihood of a Scotland comeback.

Talks between the player and Mick Oliver, Levein's assistant, on Monday confirmed Ferguson will not go beyond his total of 45 caps.

A Scottish FA spokesman said: "During a live radio broadcast last week, Barry Ferguson intimated that he may consider a return to international football.

"In subsequent conversations with the national team coach, Craig Levein, and the team scout, Michael Oliver, Barry has confirmed this not to be the case. He will therefore not be considered for selection and the matter is now closed."

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