Scotland quits international scene
St Johnstone striker Jason Scotland (pictured) was one of 13 Trinidad & Tobago internationals to yesterday announce their retirement from international football after representing their country in today's friendly against St Vincent and the Grenadines and Wednesday's match with Panama.
According to Soca Warriors Online, the group have accused the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) of reneging on a contractual obligation they made during the 2006 World Cup build-up.
Prior to yesterday's 5:30pm training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, captain Dwight Yorke read out a prepared statement announcing that the players that participated in the World Cup 2006, would like to announce their consideration to retire from international football immediately after the next two games.
The full group is Dwight Yorke (Sunderland), Dennis Lawrence (Swansea), David Atiba Charles (Glenavon), Avery John (New England Revolution), Chris Birchall (Coventry City), Carlos Edwards (Watford FC), Collin Samuel (Dundee United), Stern John (Coventry City), Kenwyne Jones (Southampton), Jason Scotland (St Johnston), Brent Sancho (Gilliangham) and Cornell Glen (LA Galaxy).
The players claim that before they qualified for the World Cup, they entered into negotiations with representatives of the TTFF regarding a number of different issues, which they felt were upheld and delivered on from their side. One of these issues is believed to be financial bonuses promised to the players.
According the statement read out by Yorke, the players have since learned that the TTFF did not feel the need to deliver on their promises and contractual obligations.
Despite the primary dispute appearing to be about money, former Dundee defender Brent Sancho has revealed that there were certain other contractual arrangements which the TTFF have now reneged on. Sancho also suggested more would be revealed following the Panama match on Wednesday.
The row is sure to overshadow not only tonight's match against St Vincent but also the country's attempt to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
From St Johnstone's point of view, and despite Owen Coyle stating yesterday that he'd never prevent a player representing his country, having Scotland in Perth throughout the season would be a huge advantage, although it seems a shame for the player who looked liked he was ready to stake a claim for a regular start for his country.