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George Burley has included Alan Hutton in his 26-man Scotland squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Netherlands and Iceland.

The Spurs defender has not played since Scotland's last match against Argentina in November because of a foot problem.

There are midfield berths for Derby's Gary Teale and Cardiff's Gavin Rae.

Aberdeen striker Lee Miller is not included and joins Shaun Maloney, James McFadden, Barry Robson and Garry O'Connor on the injury list.

Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon is also included in the squad, despite having played only one game for his club since November.

Gordon lost his first-team place at the Stadium of Light after suffering an ankle injury and has been unable to reclaim it since.

Rae, 31, retains his place in the squad after his surprise call-up for last month's squad gathering at St Andrews.

Rae earned his first call-up for two years 12 months ago, coming off the bench against Croatia and started in May's defeat to the Czech Republic, but has not featured in any of the squads for Scotland's three Group 9 qualifiers so far.

Burley has guided Scotland to second place in the table ahead of the 28 March trip to Amsterdam and the 1 April clash with Iceland at Hampden.

Meanwhile, Scotland will play Northern Ireland in a B International in May.

The match will be played at Broadwood Stadium, Cumbernauld, on 6 May.

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Sunderland), Allan McGregor (Rangers), David Marshall (Norwich City).

Defenders: Graham Alexander (Burnley), Darren Barr (Falkirk), Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Kirk Broadfoot (Rangers), Gary Caldwell (Celtic), Alan Hutton (Tottenham Hotspur), Jamie McAllister (Bristol City), Stephen McManus (Celtic), Gary Naysmith (Sheffield United), David Weir (Rangers).

Midfield: Scott Brown (Celtic), Kris Commons (Derby County), Barry Ferguson (Rangers), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), Paul Hartley (Celtic), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Gavin Rae (Cardiff City), Gary Teale (Derby County).

Forwards: David Clarkson (Motherwell), Steven Fletcher (Hibernian), Chris Iwelumo (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ross McCormack (Cardiff City), Kenny Miller (Rangers).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/i...als/7947922.stm

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erm, it won't beat Holland and it's average, but it's really the best team we could've possibly got. Glad he called up McCormack. We're looking at a 4-5-1/4-3-3 with Barry/Brown/Fletch in the middle and Morrison/Commons on the wings. God knows about up front. Surely Burley's not stupid enough to play Misser.

Glad to see McFadden is out injured and can't fuck us up!

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McCormack apart, that pool of strikers is absolutely cringeworthy.

Moreso on recent form.

The whole squad is just horrific. Defence and attack especially.

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And the attacking players they have called up? Huntelaar, Robben, Van Persie, Kuyt, Afellay, Sneijder, Van Der Vaart and Babel. :anguish:

calm down mate, sneijder has looked average this season, kuyt i have never rated and van der vaart struggles to get 1st team fitba. We're going to walk this

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comparing the forwards....

David Clarkson - Played 2 Scored 1

Steven Fletcher - Played 2 Scored 0

Chris Iwelumo - Played 2 Scored 0

Ross McCormack - Played 1 Scored 0

Kenny Miller - Played 40 Scored 11

Holland

Robin van Persie - Played 34 Scored 11

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink - Played 19 Scored 3

Dirk Kuyt - Played 49 Scored 9

Ryan Babel - Played 30 Scored 5

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar - Played 19 Scored 11

Arjen Robben - Played 37 Scored 10

:anguish:

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comparing the forwards....

David Clarkson - Played 2 Scored 1

Steven Fletcher - Played 2 Scored 0

Chris Iwelumo - Played 2 Scored 0

Ross McCormack - Played 1 Scored 0

Kenny Miller - Played 40 Scored 11

Holland

Robin van Persie - Played 34 Scored 11

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink - Played 19 Scored 3

Dirk Kuyt - Played 49 Scored 9

Ryan Babel - Played 30 Scored 5

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar - Played 19 Scored 11

Arjen Robben - Played 37 Scored 10

:anguish:

That's hilarious!

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comparing the forwards....

David Clarkson - Played 2 Scored 1

Steven Fletcher - Played 2 Scored 0

Chris Iwelumo - Played 2 Scored 0

Ross McCormack - Played 1 Scored 0

Kenny Miller - Played 40 Scored 11

Holland

Robin van Persie - Played 34 Scored 11

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink - Played 19 Scored 3

Dirk Kuyt - Played 49 Scored 9

Ryan Babel - Played 30 Scored 5

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar - Played 19 Scored 11

Arjen Robben - Played 37 Scored 10

:anguish:

:anguish: fucking christ..

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A not fully fit Alan Hutton would be better than a fully fit Kirk Broadfoot.

Was thinking the same, I'm not a fan of rushing players back but Hollands pace is frightening and after seeing Broadfoot getting outpaced by McGayday the other day I'd hate to see what he'd look like against the Dutch

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