Paul Jewell has backed Jason Scotland’s decision to retire from international football to concentrate his attentions on lifting the Blues up the Championship.

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Scotland has been a revelation for much-improved Ipswich in recent weeks and he has underlined his commitment to the cause by turning his back on Trinidad and Tobago.

Jewell, who joked that he thought his striker had announced his “domestic retirement” during 2010/11, had nothing but praise for his rejuvenated hit man.

The manager said: “I’d quite like all of my players to retire from international football to be honest with you! But Jason has been superb, he has been one of our key players in recent weeks and this shows his commitment to the club.

“When he was out of the team, he never sulked. He has a positive effect on the players, he’s very loud on the training ground and good to have around. He’s knuckled down and I can’t speak highly enough of him.”

Scotland, who has scored eight goals for his country in 41 appearances, said: “I’ve decided to retire from international football to concentrate on my career with Ipswich,” said Scotland.

“I’ve had a great time with Trinidad and Tobago and I wish them all the best in their quest to get to the next World Cup finals in Brazil.

“At the moment I just want to concentrate on Ipswich. I’m back in the team, we’re doing well and I’m really enjoying a new partnership with Michael Chopra. Helping Ipswich back into the Premier League is what I want to do and I need to concentrate all my efforts on that.”

4 comments

  • I'm sure Jason doesn't waste his time reading the many comments, some sensible, some inane, about ITFC, but if perchance he does, he will know I have lobbied for a long time for him to start games in the team, and am delighted that he is now a key member and is doing so well. Keep it up Jason, you're the sort of striker ITFC needs full time. Good luck on Saturday.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, September 30, 2011

  • Well well well what a difference a month can make,all the noises coming from PR these days is that of confidence enjoyment and hunger,i know that's what winning brings but PJ you need a good pat on the back you stuck to your beliefs and now you are being repaid by the players you showed faith in by the quality and passion now being shown on the pitch we as fans have been waiting a long time for this to happen its good times again to be a townie COYBS

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    peter samuels

    Friday, September 30, 2011

  • Perhaps a few more of the recently disillusioned and departed, not to mention a generation of ignored youth players would also respond to a modicum of minimal man management.

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    Rob Steroo

    Friday, September 30, 2011

  • Well said Jason and you look leaner and meaner than ever before and we all wish you well for the coming season. You deserve it!

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    FRANK WESTON

    Friday, September 30, 2011

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