Rangers star retires from international football amid transfer interest

Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield has retired from international football with Canada. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group)

The 33-year-old, who is attracting transfer interest from clubs in Turkey, confirmed the decision was made with a ‘heavy heart’ in an emotional post on social media as he called to represent the country of birth of his father after 19 selections.

That means he won’t leave in the next CONCACAF international window between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3, when Canada are due to play World Cup qualifiers against Honduras, USA and El Salvador.

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Arfied, had he been called up, would likely have missed three Rangers games – including the Old Firm game at Celtic Park on February 2 – but his availability now depends on the player staying at Ibrox beyond the end of the transfer window.

Turkish clubs Hatayspor and Alanyaspor have been credited with interest and are said to be willing to pay a small fee to sign him this month before his contract expires in the summer when he could leave Ibrox for free.

The last time Arfield played for Canada was in November 2019, but the former national team captain was in talks to end his international break ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar .

He confirmed his international retirement in an Instagram post, which read, “It is with heavy hearts that the time has come to officially announce my retirement from Canada’s Men’s National Team.

“I loved every minute of representing Canada. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities and experiences that have been given to me on and off the pitch.

“From day one of the program I have said that this team under the right leadership will reach its full potential and I am proud to see it come to fruition.

“I have a fantastic relationship with John Herdman and I want to thank him for trusting me and giving me the honor of captaining the team when he first started out as a manager. Thanks to every member of staff, to every supporter and to every teammate along the way.

“I’m desperate to see the boys arrive in Qatar and show the world how fantastic Canadian football is.

“Thank you, it was a pleasure.”

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