World Cup boost

Brown ready to return to Scotland squad

Scott BrownScotland – Scott Brown, 31, has agreed to rescind his short-lived international retirement and make himself available for the crucial World Cup qualifying match against England.

Brown, who won 50 caps for his country, is almost certain to be included in Gordon Strachan’s squad for the tie at Wembley on 11 November.

He quit the national squad claiming his body could no longer cope with the demands placed on it.

But he has been persuaded to pull on a blue shirt once again and his decision has been welcomed by his former Parkhead boss Neil Lennon who told BBC Scotland: “I think last season his injuries took a toll on him.

“We didn’t see the best of him but certainly this season he is looking far more like himself again and playing very well, which will be an asset to Scotland.”

Lennon, now Hibernian coach, added: “I think his presence around the dressing room and training ground and certainly on the pitch will be felt if he is not there.

“He is only 31 and there is plenty more to come from him. I thought his decision was premature anyway.

“The England game is one I think they can win. It will be a British style of game and there won’t be anything the Scottish players will be surprised about.”

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is big fan of the Scot, saying recently he would have “walked into the Liverpool team”.


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