WEST HAM playmaker Robert Snodgrass has announced his retirement from the Scotland national team after eight years in the international set-up.

The 32-year-old made his final appearance in Scotland's 4-0 defeat to Russia last week and announced his retirement on social media platform Instagram.

HeraldScotland:

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He wrote: "Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream. It’s been such a special feeling pulling on that Scotland jersey since I was 16 years old.

"There’s been many highs throughout my international career which I’ll always remember with fondness, including my debut against Northern Ireland, winning 2 international player of the year awards, and my hat-trick in Malta. 

"It’s now the right time for me to step aside though and retire from the national team and let the boys and younger players take my place and hopefully push the squad forward. 

"I want to especially thank the Tartan Army for their special support you’ve showed me over the years. I will never forget this. 

"A massive thank you also goes to everyone at the SFA for looking after me since I was a young boy, including Frank Reilly, Doc McLean, Jonesy, managers, coaches, staff, the physios, massage therapists, kit men and the media staff I’ve worked with over the years. 

HeraldScotland:

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"I will now watch as a fan and I hope to see us play at a major tournament again soon - fingers crossed the boys do it come March! 

"Snods."

Snodgrass accumulated 28 caps since 2011 for Scotland, scoring seven times for the national side.