Strachan plays down Scotland’s Premier League quality

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has played down the fact he has selected 11 players from Premier League clubs for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Strachan has selected a whole team full of players from England’s top flight in his 28-man squad for the Group A clashes with Wales and Serbia on March 22 and 26 respectively but was keeping a realistic outlook regarding his group.

“We’re Scots, we think we’re great at this and great at that. But over the last couple of years we’ve had a reality check,” Strachan said.

“When you look at our opponents – where their players play, who for and what they’re doing in the world – you think ‘Not bad’.

“We need to watch when we talk about our guys who are playing in the Premier League.

“Look at Serbia’s back four – Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, the Lyon centre-half Milan Bisevac and Manchester City pair Matija Nastasic and Aleksandar Kolarov. That’s up there. That’s not bad.

“Our guys aren’t with the glamorous teams of years ago. But they have made it to the Premiership so well done for that.”

The 11 eleven Premier League players in the Scotland squad are Everton’s Steven Naismith, Wigan Athletic trio James McArthur, Shaun Maloney and Gary Caldwell, Southampton’s Danny Fox, Norwich City pair Robert Snodgrass and Russell Martin, Stoke City’s Charlie Adam, West Bromwich Albion’s Graham Dorrans and James Morrison and Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher.

 
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