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Scotland call on in-form Mackie

Published: Thursday 30 September 2010, 14.14CET
"I've gone with players in form," said Craig Levein after handing Queens Park Rangers FC striker Jamie Mackie a first call-up for Scotland's October qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Spain.
by Alex O'Henley
from Glasgow
Scotland call on in-form Mackie
Jamie Mackie has been called up by Scotland for the upcoming qualifiers ©Getty Images
 
Published: Thursday 30 September 2010, 14.14CET

Scotland call on in-form Mackie

"I've gone with players in form," said Craig Levein after handing Queens Park Rangers FC striker Jamie Mackie a first call-up for Scotland's October qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Spain.

Craig Levein has named a 24-man squad for Scotland's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and holders Spain on 8 and 12 October.

James McFadden and Kris Boyd have been left out, the former having suffered a cruciate ligament injury to his knee on 17 September, meaning Queens Park Rangers FC striker Jamie Mackie earns his first call-up after starting the season with eight goals. Goalkeeper Craig Gordon and centre-back Gary Caldwell return following long-term arm and hip injuries respectively, while Celtic FC midfielder Shaun Maloney has also been recalled.

"If you look at the strikers I've picked, I've gone with players in form," said Levein. "I had a chat with Kris [Boyd] and explained that to him. Shaun had a really terrible time of it last year with injuries, but I'm really pleased he's managed to get a number of games under his belt. Craig Gordon won't start the match against the Czech Republic. It's important to get him back involved with the squad again, but I've been really happy with Allan McGregor."

Lee McCulloch is suspended for the game against the Czech Republic in Prague on 8 October, with world and European champions Spain due at Hampden Park four days later.

Scotland squad
Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Sunderland AFC), Allan McGregor (Rangers FC), Matthew Gilks (Blackpool FC).

Defenders: Alan Hutton (Tottenham Hotspur FC), Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers FC), Stephen McManus (Middlesbrough FC), Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic FC), David Weir (Rangers FC), Steven Whittaker (Rangers FC).

Midfielders: Charlie Adam (Blackpool FC), Scott Brown (Celtic FC), Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion FC), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United FC), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion FC), Barry Robson (Middlesbrough FC), Lee McCulloch (Rangers FC), Jay McEveley (Barnsley FC), Shaun Maloney (Celtic FC).

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Chris Iwelumo (Burnley FC), Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers FC), Kenny Miller (Rangers FC), Steven Naismith (Rangers FC).

 
Last updated: 30/09/10 16.24CET

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