GLASGOW, (Pakistan Point News - 02nd Nov, 2016 ) - Scott Brown, who "retired" from international football in the summer, deserves his recall to the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifier against fierce rivals England, manager Gordon Strachan said Wednesday. The 31-year-old Celtic skipper, capped 50 times for Scotland since his debut in 2005, announced he was quitting international duty three months ago so he could prolong his career with his club.
But the feisty midfielder had a change of heart last month and Strachan -- who badly needs a win after a modest start in what is a weak Group F -- was only too happy to have him back for the November 11 Wembley showdown. "Scott 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.
" Strachan also called up 22-year-old Swansea left-back Stephen Kingsley with Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney both injured. "We're happy to have Stephen Kingsley in the squad," said Strachan, who is under growing pressure. "He is a player who features in the English Premiership regularly for Swansea and if you do that, you're not a bad player." Scotland are fourth in Group F with four points from three matches, three points adrift of group leaders England.
Squad Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Celtic), Jack Hamilton (Hearts), David Marshall (Hull City/ENG) Defenders: Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town/ENG), Gordon Greer (Blackburn Rovers/ENG), Grant Hanley (Newcastle United/ENG), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City/WAL), Russell Martin (Norwich City/ENG), Callum Paterson (Hearts), Lee Wallace (Rangers) Midfielders: Ikechi Anya (Derby County/ENG), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday/ENG), Scott Brown (Celtic), Oliver Burke (RB Leipzig/GER), Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), James Forrest (Celtic), James McArthur (Crystal Palace/ENG), John McGinn (Hibernian), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion/ENG), Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United/ENG), Robert Snodgrass (Hull City/ENG). Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday/ENG), Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Chris Martin (Derby County/ENG), Steven Naismith (Norwich City/ENG)