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Craig Levein names Scotland squad for Nations Cup

19 May 2011 2,668 views No Comment Written by Ronan

Scotland manager Craig Levein has named five uncapped players in his squad for the Carling Nations Cup matches against Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

Alan Hutton, Craig Gordon, Mark Wilson, and Graham Dorrans are all out due to injury, while Steven Fletcher is still on self-imposed exile from the Scotland squad. “The situation with Steven is exactly the same as before,” said Levein, “if Steven indicates to me that he wants to be involved in the Scotland national team, then I’ll consider him. I have absolutely no problem with Steven, as I’ve said in previous times, but really I’m here to talk about people who are selected.”

English-born Norwich City defender Russell Martin is named in a Scottish squad for the first time, with his new international boss hoping to give him a cap for his adopted nation. “Russell has had a fantastic season at Norwich City, and congratulations to Paul and his backroom staff and players for getting promoted to the English Premier,” Levein said.

“Russell is one we have had our eye on for a while. He’s in the squad but there are still elements of the paperwork to be finalised. If we can’t get it done in time, so be it, but I’m confident. His father is Scottish so it shouldn’t be too difficult. Norwich have been in the States celebrating and he has flown back early to get the paperwork done.”

Levein also highlighted the addition of fellow newcomer, Celtic midfielder James Forrest. “In keeping with adding young talented players to the groups in recent games, we have added James for this particular match because I feel he’ll be an international footballer of some repute in years ahead.

“The idea is to get them used to travelling and being involved in international football so when they become regulars it’s second nature to them. I believe it’s much easier for a player to feel at home in international football if they feel involved. But I’m sure he’s the type of player to bring a smile to people’s faces.”

Scotland play Wales on May 25th, and Ireland on May 29th.

Squad:
Matthew Gilks (Blackpool), Allan McGregor (Rangers), Iain Turner (Everton)
Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Christophe Berra (Wolves), Gary Caldwell (Wigan), Stephen Crainey (Blackpool), Grant Hanley (Blackburn), Russell Martin (Norwich), Stephen Whittaker (Rangers), Danny Wilson (Liverpool)
Charlie Adam (Blackpool), Barry Bannan (Aston Villa), Scott Brown (Celtic), James Forrest (Celtic), James McArthur (Wigan), James Morrison (West Brom), Barry Robson (Middlesbrough)
Kris Commons (Celtic), Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough), Chris Maguire (Aberdeen), Ross McCormack (Leeds), Kenny Miller (Bursaspor), Alan Naismith (Rangers).

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