World Cup - Bridcutt gets surprise Scotland call

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan surprisingly included Brighton's Liam Bridcutt in his first competitive squad.

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Liam Bridcutt, Brighton & Hove Albion (PA Photos)

The 23-year-old Reading-born midfielder was joined by Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven and Peterborough winger George Boyd in getting a first call-up ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Serbia.

Boyd, who is currently on loan at Hull, previously featured for Scotland B in 2009 but had never made a full squad.

Scotland squad to face Wales on March 22 and Serbia on March 26 in World Cup qualifiers:

Keepers: M Gilks (Blackpool), D Marshall (Cardiff), A McGregor (Besiktas)

Defenders: C Berra (Wolves), G Caldwell (Wigan), D Fox (Southampton), G Hanley (Blackburn), A Hutton (Real Mallorca), R Martin (Norwich), C Mulgrew (Celtic), A Webster (Hearts)

Midfielders: C Adam (Stoke), L Bridcutt (Brighton), C Burke (Birmingham), K Commons (Celtic), G Dorrans (West Brom), J Forrest (Celtic), G Mackay-Steven (Dundee United), J McArthur (Wigan), J Morrison (West Brom), R Snodgrass (Norwich), S Maloney (Wigan), S Naismith (Everton)

Forwards: G Boyd (Hull), S Fletcher (Sunderland), R McCormack (Leeds), K Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps), J Rhodes (Blackburn)

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