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Kris Boyd returns to Scotland squad after three-year hiatus

Kris Boyd will end a three-year international hiatus by joining the Scotland squad ahead of their game against Norway on Tuesday. Boyd replaces Steven Fletcher who has been allowed to return to his club Sunderland.

The 30-year-old last appeared for his country in September 2010.

I never gave up hope of playing for my country again and I am grateful to Gordon (Strachan) for giving me that chance

– Kris Boyd

Kris has always said he was determined to return to the international squad. Now he has that opportunity again and I am delighted for him

– Gordon Strachan, Scotland manager

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Scots style surprises Strachan

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan admitted his team had surprised even him with their performance in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Macedonia on a poor pitch in Skopje.

You look at the surface and think a win would be great.

How do you win? You think a couple of breakaways, you try your best.

But to play like that and get a win, because that's a win and a performance, was terrific - against a side who beat Wales.

The first half we were exceptional and the second half we were good. You expect Macedonia to come back. You expect their manager say things at half-time and they did that, they made it very difficult.

But we still tried to play at all times.

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