Sheffield United midfielder Brian Howard has conceded defeat in his attempts to play for Scotland.
Howard was called up by manager George Burley for the friendly against
Croatia earlier this year but was deemed ineligible to play after
playing for England at Under-21 level.
He said: "It can't get resolved. There's a FIFA ruling which says before
I turn a certain age, I think it might be 25; I have to say if I'm going
to switch allegiances.
"I was two months into my 25th year when I got called up for Scotland
and they said, 'No, it's too late because you've played for England
Under-21s. You can't play'. We've looked in to it.
"I've had all sorts of people through media and different football lines
look into it but it looks like FIFA, the governing body that's supposed
to be there for footballers, does seem to be against them and won't
change the rules.
"I've got a huge Scottish family so I would have loved to get the blue
shirt on and played in front of the Scots. I still get goose pimples
when I hear 'Flower of Scotland' so that would have been lovely but at
the moment it doesn't look like it's going to happen."