Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Norway v Scotland: Team news

The Scotland team to face Norway:

Marshall

Hutton
Caldwell, G
Caldwell, S
Davidson

Alexander
Brown
Fletcher
Commons
McCormack

Miller

First impressions:

No place for McFadden: Impact sub? I would have thought tonight might have been a night to use him to create a spark.

Lone frontman: Miller supported by McCormack and Commons as well as Brown and Fletcher. Puts pressure on the midfielders to score because there is a good chance Miller won't (remember Amsterdam - one touch, two touch, three touch, tackle!).

Holding midfielder: No place for the veteran Hartley. Replaced by the young gun that is 49 year old Graham Alexander. I don't really understand why that decision's been made. We'll see if it works.

Comeback kid: Callum Davidson back for the first time in seven years and, at 33, another injection of true youthful vigour.

Keeper: No surprise that Marshall plays with Alexander spending the last couple of weeks trying to talk himself out of both the Rangers and Scotland teams. There's modesty and there's being a bloody idiot.

The verdict: Remains the same. We can do it in a dull and methodical way. It's pretty close to the team a lot of people would have picked with the players in the squad. We might hear more about some of the more leftfield decisions if it all goes wrong though.