Scotland recall for Norwich City captain

PUBLISHED: 12:14 27 August 2019 | UPDATED: 14:49 27 August 2019

Grant Hanley is ruled out with a groin injury suffered yesterday Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Grant Hanley is ruled out with a groin injury suffered yesterday Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City skipper Grant Hanley is back in the Scotland squad for upcoming Euro2020 qualifiers after a first call up under national boss Steve Clarke - while club mate Kenny McLean is also in the squad.

Hanley has featured in all three of the Canaries' Premier League games after a watching brief for the majority of the Championship title winning campaign.

The 27-year-old's last international appearance for his country came in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Costa Rica in March 2018.

The Scots face two tough home fixtures in their quest to make the Euro2020 finals with Russia at Hampden Park on September 6 (KO 7:45pm), followed by a daunting visit by World Cup semi-finalists Belgium on September 9 (KO 7:45pm).

Scotland sit fourth in Group I, after picking up six points from their opening four qualifiers. McLean has featured in three of those games, scoring his first international goal in the 2-0 win over San Marino. The midfielder also played the full 90 minutes in Scotland's 3-0 away defeat to Belgium in June.

Former City players Robert Snodgrass, David Marshall and Steven Naismith are also included in Clarke's 24-man party.

The Canaries can expect a number of call ups over coming days at all age group levels after some high profile early Premier League tests against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.

Five-goal top scorer Teemu Pukki will be a key figure in Finland's bid to take a step closer to the Euro2020 finals after a strong start to their Group J campaign.

Finalnd face two home tests against Greece and group leaders Italy on September 5th and the 8th respectively.

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