Mackail-Smith opts against Olympic challenge

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Brighton goal grabber Craig Mackail-Smith has turned down the chance to play at this summer’s Olympics.

Albion’s Scotland international was on Stuart Pearce’s shortlist but told said he did not want to be considered for selection.

Mackail-Smith was one of around 70 players contacted by Team GB bosses but decided making sure he was in tip top condition for Scotland’s forthcoming World Cup qualifying campaign was more important to him than a tilt at Olympic glory.

Speaking to the press in Scotland this week he said, “I was put on to the shortlist and was sent an email regarding it but I feel that I want to play for Scotland. That’s more important to me than going and playing for GB. I want to make sure that we have a successful campaign and go to the World Cup, I don’t want to jeopardise that by going off with the GB squad.

“I sent them an email just saying ‘thanks very much but this is more important’. I want to make sure that I’m just ready for the qualifiers.”