Scott Brown named in Scotland squad to face England

Scott Brown retired from international football earlier this year. Picture: John Devlin
Scott Brown retired from international football earlier this year. Picture: John Devlin
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Scott Brown has completed his quick return to international football after being named in the Scotland squad to face England at Wembley.

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The Celtic captain retired from international duty in August, citing fitness issues over the demands of playing at the highest level for both club and country.

However, it emerged last week the 31-year-old was considering a change of heart, and reached out to national team coach Gordon Strachan about playing in the crucial World Cup qualifier against England.

Without Brown, Scotland have won one, drawn one and lost one of their opening three games, though qualification for Russia 2018 already looks unlikely following a poor home draw with Lithuania and a 3-0 defeat in Slovakia.

A positive result against England would go a long way to getting the campaign back on track. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers said he believed Brown would return for this one match only.

Strachan has welcomed Scott Brown’s decision to come out of international retirement. The Scotland boss Strachan said he had no hesitation in bringing the in-form midfielder back into his squad

“Scott (Brown) retired in August when he was in a different place to where he is now,” Strachan said.

“At that time it was beneficial for him and Celtic that he retired from international football.

“We respected that but Scott is in a different place now and feels he can help us in our quest to get to a major finals.”

Elsewhere in the squad, Stephen Kingsley returns to the fold to help cover the injuries sustained to Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney. The Swansea left-back will fight it out with Rangers captain Lee Wallace fort the starting left-back role.

Robert Snodgrass has been named in the 25-man squad despite recovering from an ankle injury. It is hoped he’ll be fit in time to face the Auld Enemy.

There is no place for Rangers winger Barrie McKay. The youngster has suffered through an indifferent start to this season and has dropped out after being named in the previous three squads.

There is a spot for Hibs midfielder John McGinn. The 22-year-old retains his place ahead of Aberdeen’s Graeme Shinnie and in-form Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

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