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Rangers full-back Lee Wallace has admitted he has all but given up hope of playing for Scotland.

The 27-year-old defender, who last played for his country in a 0-0 draw with the United States last November, is set to miss the trip to face World Champions Germany in next month's 2016 Euro qualifier when Scotland boss Gordon Strachan names his squad on Monday morning.

Conceding he sacrificed his international ambitions to stay with Rangers and help them back up the leagues, Wallace revealed he has also received a phonecall from Strachan explaining his situation.


Realistic: Lee Wallace knows his chances of playing for his country again are very slim


Focus: Lee Wallace has no regrets over sacrificing his international career to concentrate on his club career

And asked if he expects to feature against the Germans, he admitted: 'Probably not, no. I'm still probably a bit behind. There are guys who have been in it who are way ahead of me at this stage — guys who play their football down south in strong successful sides.

'I'll never hold much hope for it but I'm not going to get too downbeat about it, either, as I'm just going to concentrate on Rangers and always will do.

'When I stayed with Rangers after what happened, I knew that [playing in the lower leagues] would be a stumbling block [for international call-ups] and Craig Levein had said at the time it would be difficult to select someone in the bottom tier of Scottish football.

'I accepted that and understood it at that level.

'I was aware of that and it was a sacrifice I made. Rangers is the one for me and I want to play a part in their history over the next few years.'

The emergence of Andrew Robertson at Dundee United led to the young left-back making a £2.5million move to Hull City this summer.

And the 20-year-old, who has made an impressive start in the Barclays Premier League, now looks to be Strachan's first pick, with Wallace adding: 'I kind of got the message in some of the last few squads - although the manager did phone me one time to say he wanted to look at other people and they've gone on to bigger and better things, playing their football in one of the best leagues in the world.

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He is one of Scotland's best left backs, but with Robinson playing well at a higher level it does make sense. Wallace has not played as well since last Christmas tbf. He will bring it back and I expect him to be playing for his country before too long.

Very nice words about Rangers though.

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Alan Hutton walked into the team when he WASNT playing in the biggest league in the world. The whole thing is a farce but the young lad Robertson will get his chance unless he flops down south. I would imagine he will be given a crack regardless.

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He seems to love it here, think we've been lucky that he's settled here with a kid as well and I would hand him the armband for next season.

On another note I think Strachan comes across as a decent guy, always been up front with Wallace and could easily try and hide from him when he doesn't call him up, nice touch taking the time to let Lee know that he's not been forgotten etc.

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You could argue that the Championship is a stronger league than Premiership this season but hey lets not be fussed the fact that Wallace wants to be a Gers, Robertson for me is not that great but at least Wallace wont get injuried playing for his country. Oh nearly forgot F U GS you double standard wanker.

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Wallace knows that being the man who stayed with Rangers all the way through, as a good player who had other options, will mean far more in his footballing legacy than anything else he could have done in the last three years.

Can't wait to see him lift the top title in Scotland as captain.

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