Kevin Thomson called up for Scotland clashes

Kevin Thomson hasn't played for Scotland in over three years
Kevin Thomson hasn't played for Scotland in over three years
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HIBS midfielder Kevin Thomson has been called into the Scotland squad alongside Rangers’ Lee Wallace, Craig Bryson of Derby County and Chris Burke of Birmingham City.

The quartet were enlisted by national coach Gordon Strachan for forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Belgium and Macedonia. Their call-ups follow the withdrawals of West Bromwich Albion’s Graham Dorrans and James Morrison through injury.

Thomson already has three full international caps but has not represented Scotland since a 3-0 friendly defeat by Sweden in August 2010.

Speaking to the official Hibernian website, Thomson said: “I’m delighted with the call-up – it’s been three years since I was last involved with Scotland.

“But a return has always been a big personal goal for me. Obviously I’ve squeezed in through other boys’ hard luck and injury, although I’ve experienced that side of it before too.

“Hopefully this will be start of what will be a good season for me. To be back involved is great and even if I don’t get to play in either of the qualifiers it’s a special feeling to be part of the Scotland squad again.”

Wallace’s international career has suffered as a result of Rangers’ collapse and eventual re-entry into the bottom tier of Scottish Football. He last donned the dark blue jersey in June 2012 as Scotland lost 5-1 to the United States.

Calls for Bryson’s recall have been increasing this year and he has now earned deserved recognition from Strachan after some consistent displays in the English Championship. His only full cap to date came in November 2010 against the Faroe Islands.

Burke has been a regular in Strachan’s squads so far but was omitted from the original pool for Friday’s match at Hampden and next Tuesday’s trip to Macedonia.