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Leeds great Gray backing McCormack to form dangerous duo with Sunderland's Fletcher

Leeds United legend Eddie Gray suggests Ross McCormack can become an integral part of the Scotland setup.

The 27-year old Leeds striker, scorer of 12 Championship goals so far this season, has been called into Gordon Strachan's squad for Friday's friendly with the USA and Tuesday's trip to Norway after the withdrawal of injured Blackburn Rovers ace Jordan Rhodes.

Scotland legend Gray feels that McCormack is good enough to be a national team regular and hopes that Strachan gives him the opportunity to play up front alongside Sunderland ace Steven Fletcher.

"I hope Mr Strachan was watching on Saturday! Seriously, Ross is playing really well," Gray said of McCormack's four-goal haul against Charlton Athletic.

"I wasn't shocked to see Ross not picked last season but I'm surprised now because he's a finisher.

"Gordon doesn't pick him because he feels Ross can't play as a lone striker but if you look at the Premier League, what's everyone talking about? Partnerships.

"Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez at Liverpool, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney at Man United or Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo at Man City.

"McCormack playing with Fletcher would excite the life out of me."

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