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Strachan welcomes Scott Brown back into Scotland squad

Scott Brown in action for Celtic. Credit: PA

Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has welcomed Scott Brown's decision to come out of international retirement after naming the Celtic skipper in his squad to face England in this month's crunch World Cup qualifier.

Brown announced this week that he would again be available for Scotland, less than three months after declaring his international career was over.

Strachan said he had no hesitation in bringing the in-form 31-year-old back into his squad as Scotland look to get their Russia 2018 qualification bid back on track at Wembley.

"Scott (Brown) retired in August when he was in a different place to where he is now," Strachan said.

"At that time it was beneficial for him and Celtic that he retired from international football.

"We respected that but Scott is in a different place now and feels he can help us in our quest to get to a major finals."

Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifier against England on November 11 (watch live on ITV):

Gordon (Celtic), Hamilton (Hearts), Marshall (Hull); Berra (Ipswich), Greer (Blackburn), Hanley (Newcastle), Kingsley (Swansea), R Martin (Norwich), Paterson (Hearts), Wallace (Rangers); Anya (Derby), Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Brown (Celtic), Burke (Leipzig), D Fletcher (West Brom), Forrest (Celtic), McArthur (Crystal Palace), McGinn (Hibernian), Morrison (West Brom), Ritchie (Newcastle), Snodgrass (Hull); S Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday), Griffiths (Celtic), C Martin (Derby), Naismith (Norwich)

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