Brown gets Scotland recall

  • Last Updated: July 22 2013, 12:23 BST

Celtic captain Scott Brown has been recalled to Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad for next month's friendly international against England at Wembley.

Scott Brown: Back in the Scotland squad
Scott Brown: Back in the Scotland squad

Scotland travel to London for the first time in 14 years and will have Hoops midfielder Brown back in the squad after he missed last month's World Cup qualifying win over Croatia through injury.

Club-mates Charlie Mulgrew and James Forrest, who sat out the 1-0 victory in Zagreb, return too.

Strachan also included uncapped Brighton defender Gordon Greer, Motherwell's Steven Hammell and 68-cap striker Kenny Miller in his 29-man squad for the August 14 encounter.

Welcoming Brown back after a hip injury ruled him out of the Croatia match, Strachan said: "Yeah it's always good to have him about. He gets better and better as he gets older.

"He still has that energy but is controlling himself a lot better."

Greer was another player who missed the Scots' last outing as a result of a tonsillitis bug but Strachan insists the 22-year-old is in on merit.

He said: "Gordon Greer is in as well. He was unfortunate that he picked up an injury the last time he joined us.

"I don't think age is a real problem [for the squad] but I'd like to get more youngsters through.

"But unless they get to a certain standard, I can't just throw them in. I've seen certain managers have said over recent years that they are playing youngsters at their clubs. It's easy to play youngsters but if they are not good enough they are not good enough."

Vancouver Whitecaps frontman Miller also returns after hamstring issues ruled him out of contention for the Zagreb trip but Strachan believes the 33-year-old former Rangers and Celtic forward - this week linked with a third spell at Ibrox - still has a future at international level.

He said: "Kenny was always going to be back in the squad.

"I spoke to him before he had this problem with his hamstring when we went away to Croatia and it was better that he rested. That seems to be a good idea. So hopefully it has benefited him and he is back for this squad.

"We look forward to having him back because he is a top professional and sets a standard at training that is great for the younger guys."

Not included for the Scots' first trip to Wembley since Craig Brown's side registered a 1-0 win in an ultimately unsuccesful Euro 2000 play-off in 1999 are skipper Darren Fletcher, defender Gary Caldwell and striker Steven Fletcher.

All three are currently out injured, with Sunderland striker Fletcher nearing a return from an ankle problem and his Manchester United namesake hopeful that the stomach issue that has plagued him for the last two years is now nearly at a manageable state.

However, Strachan was reluctant to speculate on when he will be able to call either player up again.

"Steven won't be right for [the England game] but when you are talking about injuries like this, I think it is better to leave it to the clubs to tell you exactly what is going on," said the former Celtic manager.

"I spoke to him about two weeks ago and the situation might have changed.

"It's the same with Darren, I'll leave it to the club to tell you what is going on rather than me.

"But they are top players and top blokes. They will be missed, that is for sure. The quicker they get back the better."


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