Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has named a twenty nine man squad for his team’s friendly match against England at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday the 14th of August. The match is part of the English FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations and is a repeat of the first ever international fixture, first played on the 30th of November 1872 in Partick, which finished 0-0. It’s the first time the two countries have met on the football field this millennium, as their last encounter was the Euro 2000 Qualifying Play-off second leg at the old Wembley Stadium on the 17th of November 1999, which Scotland won 1-0 with a first-half goal from Don Hutchison but lost 2-1 on aggregate, having been beaten 2-0 four days earlier in Glasgow.
Celtic and Norwich City are the two best represented clubs in the squad, with three players each in the form of Charlie Mulgrew, Scott Brown and James Forrest from the Scottish champions and Russell Martin, Steven Whittaker and Robert Snodgrass from the English Premier League side. In total, there are twenty two English league based players in the squad, with twelve of them currently at Premier League clubs. Five players are from the Scottish Premier League, striker Kenny Miller is coming over from Vancouver Whitecaps in the Canada, who play in the MLS, and defender Andy Webster is currently a free agent after his Hearts contract expired. There is no place for Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher, who is still recovering from his ulcerative colitis.
The squad in full is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Matt Gilks (Blackpool), David Marshall (Cardiff City), Allan McGregor (Hull City)
Defenders: Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers), Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Andy Webster (Free Agent), Steven Hammell (Motherwell), Russell Martin & Steven Whittaker (both Norwich City)
Midfielders: Barry Bannan (Aston Villa), Chris Burke (Birmingham City), Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion), Craig Conway (Cardiff City), James Forrest and Scott Brown (both Celtic), Gary Mackay-Steven (Dundee United), Steven Naismith (Everton), George Boyd (Hull City), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City), Charlie Adam (Stoke City), Graham Dorrans and James Morrison (both West Bromwich Albion), James McArthur (Wigan Athletic)
Forwards: Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers), Kenny Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps), Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic), Leigh Griffiths (Wolverhampton Wanderers)