Craven Cottage

Next Game

Scotland v Nigeria

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 16:00

International Match

Last Game

Poland 0 - 1 Scotland

Wednesday, 05 March 2014, 19:45

International Match

Lennon reveals Commons talk

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed he tried to talk Kris Commons out of quitting international football.

Last Updated: 26/05/13 at 15:14 Post Comment   

Kris Commons: Neil Lennon tried to dissuade him from quitting Scotland

Kris Commons: Neil Lennon tried to dissuade him from quitting Scotland

The Hoops forward has decided to put his family and club first and will not add to his 12 international caps.

That led to SFA performance director Mark Wotte questioning the 29-year-old's "pride, desire and ambition" on his Twitter account, with Celtic captain Scott Brown then leaping to Commons' defence.

Lennon admits he is happy to see one of his senior players able to rest during international breaks but revealed he tried to convince Commons to carry on playing for Scotland.

"I tried to talk him out of it, obviously. I think he has a lot to offer (Scotland) still but I respect his decision," Lennon said ahead of Sunday's Scottish Cup final with Hibernian at Hampden Park.

"It is great for me and Celtic that we have a player who won't be travelling with his country and who will be fresh to play for his club but at 29 he still has plenty to offer.

"He is at the peak of his game, he is in great condition, he has had a marvellous season.

"I spoke to (Scotland manager) Gordon Strachan about it, who was disappointed. But looking at Gordon's comments he has left the door open for Kris.

"If ever there comes a time when he may have a re-think then he may go back. He has a young family as well and I think that takes its toll.

"Scott Brown made a very good point. We stay in hotels home and away and we have had a European campaign and internationals on top of that. You are away from your family three or four days a week sometimes.

"I totally understand Kris's point on it. But from a footballing point of view, he still has plenty to give the game."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea's Jose Mourinho 'congratulates' officials after loss to Sunderland

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fired a thinly-veiled criticism at the officials after the 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland.

Premier League: Sunderland beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge

Fabio Borini scored a late penalty as Sunderland beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to dent the Blues' title hopes.

Cardiff held, Swans win late

Cardiff's hopes of Premier League survival suffered a blow as they drew 1-1 with Stoke, while Swansea grabbed a 2-1 win at Newcastle.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property