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Levein names Scotland squad to face Australia

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Former Rangers forward Steven Naismith, now at Everton, joins QPR forward Jamie Mackie in returning to the setup after recovering from injury.

While David Marshall and Danny Fox are both called up.

Southampton full back Fox’s call up seems to have hit the raw nerve of Rangers manager Ally McCoist, however, as he hit out at his players being snubbed by the Scotland manager.

McCoist said: “I feel sorry for the Scotland fans more than anyone else. The fact Lee’s now in the Third Division shouldn’t close the international door on him. I would argue we’ll have a better quality of player here at Murray Park than some of the boys in the Scotland squad. Don’t rule my players out just because they’re in the Third Division.”

“I’m not going to criticise Craig because he’s got a hard job to do. He picks the squad and sees who the best squad is. But if you’re asking me if I think Lee’s good enough to play for Scotland then my answer is yes.’”

Despite McCoist’s comments, Levein defended his decision to leave Wallace out of the side.

He said: “It was a tough decision. We’ve put a performance system in place and one of the key components is this best v best thing when you’re testing yourself every week at a high level. The whole idea behind it is that it’s not such a big jump when you step into international football. I’ve made my decision and it’s not my job to give players advice on where to play their club football.”

Full Scotland squad:

Charlie Adam (Liverpool)
Barry Bannan (Aston Villa)
Phil Bardsley (Sunderland)
Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic)
Don Cowie (Cardiff City)
Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion)
James Forrest (Celtic)
Daniel Fox (Southampton)
Matt Gilks (Blackpool)
Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers)
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa)
Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers)
Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic)
David Marshall (Cardiff City)
Russell Martin (Norwich City)
Allan McGregor (Besiktas)
James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion)
Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic)
Steven Naismith (Everton)
Matt Phillips (Blackpool)
Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town)
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City)
Andy Webster (Heart of Midlothian)

Match Details

Vauxhall International Challenge Match
Scotland v Australia
Wednesday 15 August 2012, kick-off 8 pm
Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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