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Scotland squad named for World Cup 2014 double header

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Pic: Phil McCloy | Scotzine.com

Pic: Phil McCloy | Scotzine.com

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has named his squad for the World Cup 2014 double-header against Wales and Serbia later this month.

There has been a shock call up for English-born Liam Bridcutt who plays his football at Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion. He qualifies through his Scottish-born grandfather.

Speaking of Bridcut’s inclusion, Strachan said: “Liam Bridcutt is a guy I have seen a lot of last couple years. Brave on ball, makes good passes. Mark McGhee also seen a lot of him. Liam can help fill hole of missing Scott Brown and Darren Fletcher.”

There is also a welcome return to the Scotland squad for George Boyd, currently on loan at Hull City, after a four-year absence after making his one and only debut in 2009 for the Scotland B side in the 3-0 win over Northern Ireland, where he scored the second goal of the game. Dundee United’s Gary Mackay Steven has been called up after some impressive performances for the Tannadice side and could be set to make his debut for the Scotland side. Danny Fox has also returned to the squad after sitting out the Estonia friendly.

Strachan intimated that Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths just missed out on a Scotland call-up, he said: “Leigh Griffiths was big in discussions around this squad. I had to pick two from three and he was in that three. Unlucky to miss out.”

Full Scotland Squad: Matt Gilks, David Marshall, Allan McGregor; Christophe Berra, Gary Caldwell, Daniel Fox. Grant Hanley, Alan Hutton, Russell Martin, Charlie Mulgrew, Andy Webster; Charlie Adam, Liam Bridcutt, Chris Burke, Kris Commons, Graham Dorrans, James Forrest, Gary Mackay-Steven, James McArthur, James Morrison, Robert Snodgrass; George Boyd, Steven Fletcher, Ross McCormack, Shaun Maloney, Kenny Miller, Steven Naismith, Jordan Rhodes.

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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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