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Miller and Naysmith in Scotland squad for Euro 2008 qualifiers despite injuries

Miller and Naysmith in Scotland squad for Euro 2008 qualifiers despite injuries

Kenny Miller and Gary Naysmith are in the Scotland squad for next month's European Championship qualifiers against Lithuania and France, despite being sidelined with injuries.
Miller, a striker, has a hamstring injury and Naysmith, a defender, has twisted medial knee ligaments.
Scotland manager Alex McLeish said Tuesday, when naming his 25-man squad, that neither player was fully fit "but we would rather pick them now and then withdraw them if they are struggling."
Scotland plays Lithuania at Hampden Park on Sept. 8 and France at Parc des Princes in Paris four days later. France leads Group B with 18 points followed by Italy with 16, Scotland with 15 and Ukraine with 12.
McLeish also kept faith with defender Jay McEveley and midfielder Barry Robson who made their debuts in Scotland's 1-0 win against South Africa last Wednesday in an international friendly.
McLeish is keen to first concentrate on Lithuania before looking to France, which Scotland defeated 1-0 in Glasgow in October.
"The focus is entirely on the Lithuania game _ that's the way we have approached it so far and that has stood us in good stead," McLeish said.
"If we can do what is expected of us in the Hampden game, it sets us up nicely for the France game. Then you never know what will happen."
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Roster:
Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Sunderland), David Marshall (Norwich), Allan McGregor (Rangers)
Defenders: Graham Alexander (Preston), Russell Anderson (Sunderland), Gary Caldwell (Celtic), Alan Hutton (Rangers), Jay McEveley (Derby), Stephen McManus (Celtic), Gary Naysmith (Sheffield United), David Weir (Rangers)
Midfielders: Scott Brown (Celtic), Barry Ferguson (Rangers), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), Paul Hartley (Celtic), Lee McCulloch (Rangers), Stephen Pearson (Derby), Barry Robson (Dundee United), Gary Teale (Derby)
Forwards: Craig Beattie (West Bromwich Albion), Kris Boyd (Rangers), James McFadden (Everton), Shaun Maloney (Aston Villa), Kenny Miller (Celtic), Garry O'Connor (Birmingham)


Updated : 2021-08-02 19:21 GMT+08:00