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Strachan forced to make changes

By May 20, 2016No Comments

Gordon Strachan has been forced to make a number of changes to his Scotland squad for the international double header against Italy and France.

With Hull involved in the Championship play-off final on May 28, Robert Snodgrass, Shaun Maloney and Andy Robertson have all pulled out of the squad to face Italy as has their goalkeeper Allan McGregor who is struggling with a back problem.

Sheffield Wednesday’s Barry Bannan, Hull’s opponents on Saturday, has also dropped out of the squad as has Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain.

That means first-time call-ups for Swansea City full-back Stephen Kingsley and Hearts goalkeeper Jack Hamilton. Ross County’s Scott Fox and Derby midfielder Craig Bryson have also been called up.

Scotland face Italy on May 29 in the Ta’ Qali stadium and France in Metz on June 4.


Goalkeepers: Scott Fox (Ross County), Jack Hamilton (Hearts), David Marshall (Cardiff City)

Defenders: Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Gordon Greer (Brighton), Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Callum Paterson (Hearts), Lee Wallace (Rangers), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City), Andrew Robertson (Hull City)*

Midfielders: Ikechi Anya (Watford), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Craig Bryson, midfielder (Derby County), Oliver Burke (Nottinghaam Forest), Darren Fletcher (West Brom), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), John McGinn (Hibernian), Barrie McKay (Rangers), Matt Phillips (Queens Park Rangers), Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth), Robert Snodgrass (Hull City)*, Shaun Maloney (Hull City)*

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sunderland), Chris Martin (Derby County), Ross McCormack (Fulham), Steven Naismith (Norwich City).

*Available for France friendly not Italy

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