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​Crystal Palace midfielder McArthur retires from Scotland duty

Crystal Palace midfielder James MacArthur has confirmed his retirement from international duty.

The 31-year-old, who has played 32 times for Scotland, has decided that he is unable to keep up with the demands of both club and international football.

"It is with much regret that I feel the time has arrived for me to retire from international football," he wrote on Twitter.

"I have been part of the Scotland setup for the last 10 years and I am extremely proud to have been selected to represent my country on 32 occasions.

"I have found it increasingly difficult over the last year to manage a number of physical issues. I have debated long and hard about this decision and I feel the only way for me to be able to maintain my fitness in order to continue to play at the top level is to retire from international football.

"I would like to thank all the coaches, staff and fellow players with whom I have shared my Scotland career. It has been an honour. I wish Alex McLeish and his team every success in the future."

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