Kenny Miller's finest moments on Scotland duty

 

Scotland striker Kenny Miller retired from international duty after amassing 69 caps and scoring 18 goals over a 12-year period for his country.

Scotland's leading scorers

Denis Law - 30 goals in 55 games

Kenny Dalglish - 30 goals in 102 games

Hugh Gallacher - 23 goals in 20 games

Lawrie Reilly - 22 goals in 38 games

Ally McCoist - 19 goals in 61 matches

Kenny Miller - 18 goals in 69 games

Tireless in attack and often deployed as a lone frontman, Miller scored some memorable goals for his country and sits sixth in the list of Scotland's all-time leading goalscorers.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan described the Vancouver Whitecaps forward as a "pleasure" to work with.

Here, BBC Sport reflects on some of Miller's most memorable goals.

First international goal: 2-1 win against Iceland in Euro 2004 qualifier at Hampden (29.03.03)

Kenny Miller

Highlights - Kenny Miller in action for Scotland

Miller, who had sealed a £3m move to Wolves from Rangers the previous September, opened his Scotland account in style with the opener in the Euro 2004 qualifying victory against Iceland.

He slotted home Graham Alexander's cross to set Bertie Vogts's men on the road to victory.

"To put us ahead so early on was a dream start," said Miller.

Scotland 1-1 Germany: Euro 2004 qualifier at Hampden (07.06.03)

Miller continued his good form in the qualification campaign, cancelling out Fredi Bobic's opener to slot an angled shot past legendary goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.

Kenny Miller scores against Germany

Miller cancelled out Fredi Bobic's opener to secure a draw against Germany

The Scots couldn't create a winner against Rudi Voeller's men. Scotland coach Berti Vogts was anxious to put on a good show against his countrymen and the draw saw both sides tied on eight points at the top of Group Five.

Scotland 1-1 Italy: 2006 World Cup qualifier at Hampden (03.09.05)

Miller headed Walter Smith's side in front in a pulsating encounter against the Azzuri. The striker headed home Paul Hartley's cross as the Scots lined up at Hampden chasing a first victory against Italy since 1965.

Kenny Miller heads the opener against Italy in a 2006 World Cup qualifier

Miller planted a header past Peruzzi to give Scotland the lead against Italy

Graham Alexander found Darren Fletcher in space and the midfielder checked back and stroked the ball out wide to Hartley, who whipped in an inviting cross from the right-hand side.

Miller got across Cristian Zaccardo and headed the ball powerfully past Angelo Peruzzi from six yards.

Norway 1-2 Scotland: 2006 World Cup qualifier in Oslo (07.09.05)

The striker proved Norway's tormentor-in-chief with a double to re-ignite Scotland's bid to reach the World Cup finals in Germany.

Miller pounced on a James McFadden flick to poke home the opener and the predatory hitman reacted quickest to flick the ball past Thomas Myhre.

Miller fired a double in the World Cup qualifying victory in Oslo

Miller fired a double in Oslo - his only for Scotland - to account for Norway

And the forward was denied a hat-trick before going off injured following a desperate dive by Andre Bergdolmo.

Scotland 3-1 Ukraine: Euro 2008 qualifier at Hampden (13.10.07)

The Scots extinguished Ukraine's faint hopes of playing in the Euro 2008 finals with a convincing victory at Hampden.

Miller headed Alex McLeish's side ahead after three minutes following a James McFadden free-kick.

Despite a goal from Andriy Shevchenko, the Scots secured victory with goals from Lee McCulloch and McFadden.

Cyprus 1-2 Scotland: Friendly (11.11.11)

Proving that he could also score from outside the box, Miller fired an outrageous effort from distance in the victory in Cyprus.

Kenny Miller scores against Cyprus

Craig Levein described Miller's goal against Cyprus as "sublime"

The striker cushioned the ball on the top of his foot then looped it over stranded goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides and into the far corner of the net.

The cracking strike left the then Scotland boss Craig Levein purring with delight. "Kenny has scored regularly for Scotland, but I don't think he will have scored many better than that one," he said.

"It was a wonderful pass from Christophe Berra and a sublime finish."

The game also saw striker Jordan Rhodes make his Scotland debut as attention turned to finding Miller's successor...

England 3-2 Scotland: Friendly at Wembley (14.08.13)

The veteran striker reserved one of his most impressive goals - and his last for his country - against England at Wembley.

Kenny Miller is congratulated after scoring against England at Wembley

Miller's last goal in a Scotland jersey came against the Auld Enemy at Wembley

Selling Chelsea defender Gary Cahill a clever dummy on the edge of the area just after half-time, Miller turned and thundered a shot low to Joe Hart's right and into the corner of the net.

It put the Scots 2-1 up on the night and sent the visiting fans into raptures; also triggering that trademark celebration and grin from a striker whose effort and commitment saw opposition defenders rarely given a moment's peace.

Reacting to Miller's decision to retire from Scotland duty, Strachan added: "He has left nothing behind in international football.

"It's good as a footballer when you can move on to something else knowing you have given it your best shot."

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