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Steve Clarke explains shock Scotland squad inclusion for crunch ties

Scotland manager Steve Clarke thinks Stoke City striker Jacob Brown will bring “something a little bit different” after he surprisingly named the 23-year-old in his squad for the crunch World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Denmark.

Jacob Brown applauds the fans after the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Stoke City (Photo by Ivan Yordanov/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Brown, who has four goals in 19 appearances this season, will compete with the likes of Kevin Nisbet and Ché Adams for a place in the starting XI against Moldova as Lyndon Dykes serves a one-match ban.

Clarke has been impressed wth his performances for the Potters this season as he also added Zander Clark to the squad ahead of Motherwell keeper Liam Kelly – admitting he was looking forward to getting the chance to have another look at Clark.

“It’s a group of players who have done very well for their country recently,” Clarke said.

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“Jacob’s had a good spell at Stoke and caught my eye. He’ll bring us something a little bit different and freshen up the striking area because we’re losing Lyndon and Ryan Christie for the first game.

“There’s one change in the goalkeeping department, bringing in Zander for Liam. It’s a normal change, two goalkeepers who are looking to push Craig [Gordon] and Jon McLaughlin above them. It’s nice to have a look at both.

Scotland boss hopes Brown can impress

The addition of Brown will be a surprise to the Tartan Army but Clarke is confident he can make an impact at international level – although the Scotland boss doesn’t want to pile the pressure on the 23-year-old after his shock inclusion.

“He’s quick and direct,” the Scotland boss added. “He’s a hard working striker who puts defenders under pressure. I don’t want to put too much pressure on a young man making his way in the game.

“If he continues to progress the way he’s progressing, hopefully he can do well for his country.”

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