Sheffield Wednesday: Why Barry Bannan thought about giving up on Scotland

Barry Bannan celebrates scoring for Wednesday
Barry Bannan celebrates scoring for Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan revealed that he considered quitting international football after being a bit-part player on the Scotland scene.

Bannan has made 22 appearances for his country since making his debut almost six years ago in a friendly against the Faroe Islands but spent a lot of time in squads and sitting in the stands, not taking part.

Now, however, the 26-year-old is looking like being one of Gordon Strachan’s most important players.

And when that wasn’t always the case, Bannan admitted that turning his back on his country did enter his mind.

“It (quitting the national team) does come into your mind sometimes when you come away and you don’t play and are in the stand,” he said.

“But I don’t think I would ever do it – I don’t think my family would allow me to do it!

“When you are at your lowest it is hard not to think like that but that’s when people around you come into play and help you.

“I speak a lot with the manager and I believe I have a part to play in this campaign, like everyone has.”

Scotland take on Lithuania tonight at Hampden in their latest World Cup qualifier with Bannan likely to start while Owls striker Steven Fletcher could feature from the bench for the match.