Levein Supports Webster's Future
Scotland manager Craig Levein insists Andy Webster's international credentials were never in doubt after recalling him to his squad for this month's friendly against the USA.
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The Hearts defender has endured a number of injury problems and has not featured for the national team since a 1-0 win over Czech Republic at Hampden in March 2010 in what was Levein's first game in charge.
Webster will make the trip to Florida for the match on May 26 with the rest of the squad after taking part in Saturday's William Hill Scottish Cup final against Hibernian in what is a big weekend for the centre-half.
Levein said: "Andy played in my first game in charge at Hampden against the Czech Republic.
"He has had problems since then injury-wise and hasn't had a great run of games. He's now back playing on a regular basis.
"Hearts are in the Scottish Cup final and he has been excellent this season.
"There is no doubt he has international qualities as a player.
"His career has just been interrupted through injuries so he's back in."
Dundee United forward Johnny Russell earned his first call-up, but under-21s team-mate Jordan Rhodes missed out.
As well as his side's npower League One play-off against MK Dons, the prolific Huddersfield striker is set to feature in a crucial under-21s European Championships qualifier against Holland at the end of the month.
Levein said: "Jordan has a really important game and maybe some more matches to play.
"What I didn't want to do was take too many players from Billy Stark's squad when they have a great chance of qualifying.
"I know what Jordan can do. Once Jordan is finished with the under-21s, he will be a big player for us.
"I took Johnny this time because I feel that he has had a great season and also covers a number of different positions.
"Jordan is very much in my thoughts and the under-21s qualifying is also very much in my thoughts."
The seven day visit to the United States may be at the end of a long, hard season but Levein does not believe the trip will be too much of a hardship for his players.
He said: "Going to America at the end of the season doesn't seem like a difficult situation for me.
"It's an opportunity for the lads to get together and play a game of football.
"They have great pride in representing their country. The fact that the weather is also good means it might be quite nice."