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Strachan calls up Armstrong, Watt and Griffiths for Croatia match

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Gordon Strachan has named his squad that will face Croatia on 7th June in Zagreb. The Scotland manager has called up four new faces for the first time – Brighton defender Gordon Greer, midfielders Stuart Armstrong (Dundee Utd) and Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) and Celtic striker Tony Watt.

Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths has been called up for his first competitive game after he made his senior debut in an international friendly against Luxembourg last year.

On Griffiths’ inclusion Strachan told the assembled media: “Over the last couple of seasons he has decided he wants to improve and get better and he has done that. People can help you on your way to become better but your career is entirely in your own hands. At this moment he is shaping a good career. He was unfortunate, he was very close to being in the squad the last time. This time he has achieved that.”

There is no place for striker Kenny Miller, while Celtic duo Kris Commons and Charlie Mulgrew were not selected either. Commons is being rested, while Mulgrew is getting married. Charlie Adam, Christophe Berra, George Boyd, Graham Dorrans and Ross McCormack have also missed out on a call-up.

Full Scotland squad:

Goalkeepers
Matt Gilks (Blackpool)
David Marshall (Cardiff City)
Allan McGregor (Besiktas)

Defenders
Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic)
Danny Fox (Southampton)
Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion)
Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers)
Alan Hutton (Real Mallorca)
Russell Martin (Norwich City)
Lee Wallace (Rangers)
Andy Webster (Heart of Midlothian)
Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)

Midfielders
Stuart Armstrong (Dundee United)
Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion)
Scott Brown (Celtic)
Chris Burke (Birmingham City)
Craig Conway (Cardiff City)
James Forrest (Celtic)
Ryan Jack (Aberdeen)
Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United)
James McArthur (Wigan Athletic)
James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion)
Steven Naismith (Everton)
Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City)

Forwards
Leigh Griffiths (Hibernian)
Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic)
Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers)
Tony Watt (Celtic)

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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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