Steve Clarke has announced his Scotland squad to take on the first three World Cup 2022 qualifiers this month, with Southampton striker Che Adams and Hibs forward Kevin Nisbet’s maiden calls confirmed.
It was reported on Monday night that the Southampton attacker was set to pledge his allegiances to Scotland and Clarke has confirmed this, adding him to the squad. Nisbet’s form for Hibs meanwhile has also saw him added to the squad. There isn’t a place for the likes of Chelsea star Billy Gilmour or Farense captain Ryan Gauld, who had both been pushing for their first caps.
The Chelsea midfielder was linked with a loan move away from London in January to help his chances of going to Euro 2020 but has yet to feature in the Premier League for Thomas Tuchel. Clarke previously said the Chelsea midfielder would need first-team minutes to make his squads.
Jack Hendry is another who has received a call to the national team. He has been previously capped three times before by Scotland but hasn’t been picked since leaving Celtic on loan, his form in Belgium for Oostende warranting a squad inclusion. Lawrence Shankland and Callum Patterson are not included after inclusions last year.
Gauld meanwhile has been in stellar form for Farense in the Portuguese top flight, but his performances as captain haven’t been enough for the former Dundee United and Sporting Lisbon man to warrant a call.
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Regulars such as Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney, Scott McTominay, Callum McGregor, Declan Gallagher and Stephen O’Donnell all feature in Clarke’s plans this month as the road to the World Cup in Qatar next year begins.
Scotland face Austria, Israel and Faroe Islands as the qualifying campaign gets underway.
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