Surbiton’s Willie Marshall has announced his retirement from international hockey.

Marshall won 177 caps and scored 19 goals for Scotland and competed in three Commonwealth Games and before joining Surbiton, Marshall played for Greenock and Kelburne.

Marshall said “I’ve been toying with the thought of retiring for a few months, as my career away from hockey has to become my main focus now. It wouldn’t be fair on myself or the team to try and continue. It’s the right time to move on from international hockey and focus on my career.

Looking back on the start of his international career, he added, ““I was really nervous and forgot my passport, which made it even worse. But it was an amazing experience and an honour to make my debut for Scotland.”

My first cap was amazing and my three Commonwealth Games were all incredible for different reasons. Delhi for the sheer passion for hockey; Glasgow for the home crowd – I’ve never experienced anything like that, I remember being mobbed in George Square just for being a Scottish athlete; and Gold Coast was great for the show they put on and how passionate they are about the sport.”

I’ll never forget my first goal for Scotland – we were 6-0 up in Egypt and I scored a short corner and ran off celebrating by myself! I thought all the boys were following me but when I turned round they were all waiting for me on the half way line!”

On retiring, Marshall said, “The hardest thing about the decision to retire is not being involved in A Division, after all the effort to get there, all the years trying to get out of B Division, to step away now is the hardest thing.

A 4-0 win over Belarus in the final match of Hockey Series in Lousada was Marshall’s last game in a Scotland shirt. The win saw the Blue Sticks progress to the Hockey Series Finals, which will happen in Le Touquet, France, on 15-23 July. Marshall reflected, “Lousada was a good way to end things – it’s nice to finish on a high, and it sets the boys up for the next round.”

The official Scottish Hockey Press Release can be found at the Scottish Hockey website