Brown insists Scotland can qualify for World Cup 2018 without him

Scotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in action

The former Scotland captain announced his retirement from international football on Friday.

Scotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in actionBrown is keen to focus on his club career with Celtic

Scott Brown has backed Scotland for future success, following his decision to retire from international football, which was announced through the Scottish Football Association's official website on Friday.

The former captain is understood to have made the decision in a bid to prolong his career with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, after completing a recent recovery from injury.

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with the trophy and team mates after the game

Since making his debut against the USA in 2005, the 31-year-old has been a key component of the national set-up. However, he will now not be considered for boss Gordon Strachan's next squad for the opening game of the World Cup Qualifying campaign against Malta in September.

Despite putting in over a decade of service for his country, an appearance at an international tournament managed to elude the midfielder, with Scotland the only team from the Home Nations not to appear at this year's European Championships.

But despite admitting he was bitterly disappointed to miss out on an appearance in France, Brown is adamant that Scotland can pick themselves up and make a credible assault on qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He told the SFA's official website: "The personal disappointment of not reaching a major championship finals with my country was heightened this summer but we have a great squad of players and I am certain that we can really make a go of this campaign and qualify for Russia."

Ilkay Gundogan celebrates after scoring the third goal for Germany

“I genuinely think we showed in the last campaign that we are good enough to compete with Germany, the world champions, and other nations who qualified ahead of us. I would like to thank the fans who travel across Europe to back us, my team-mates and the backroom staff for their support and look forward to seeing them soon.”

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