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MATCH ANNOUCEMENT...

 

 

 

International Challenge Match

Nigeria v Scotland

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Craven Cottage, London

 

Scotland will take on Nigeria at Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC, on Wednesday, 28 May, as Gordon Strachan's side look to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

 

The Scottish FA has confirmed the fixture following Wednesday night's 1-0 win against Poland in Warsaw, courtesy of captain Scott Brown.

The national team will continue their preparations for the UEFA European Championship 2016 qualifiers against the Brazil-bound Nigerians, who have qualified for their fifth World Cup finals tournament.

 

Scotland will be looking to extend their own impressive record of five matches without defeat – and without conceding a goal in their previous four matches - while continuing the sequence of three successive away victories, which came against Croatia, Norway and Macedonia.

 

Scotland last met Nigeria at Pittodrie, Aberdeen, in 2002, when the Super Eagles came from behind to win 2-1. Scotland have been drawn against Germany, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar in UEFA Euro 2016 Group D.

 

The national coach believes the match against Nigeria presents another opportunity to test themselves against quality opposition before the group opener against Germany in September.

 

He said: “We considered a lot of options but the chance to play Nigeria, a country who will be going to the World Cup this summer, in London without the need for long-haul travel was the one that appealed most.

 

“We will have time for some quality training sessions before the game and we will look to finish the season with a positive performance and result that we can take forward as we finalise preparations for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

 

 

"I was encouraged yet again by a lot of what I saw in Warsaw and the players are now protective of the performances and results they have put together recently. We will look to continue that against Nigeria."

 

 

Ticket details will be confirmed shortly and we will contact you again as soon as this information is available.

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Why not just play it up here?!?  :hammer:

 

“We considered a lot of options but the chance to play Nigeria, a country who will be going to the World Cup this summer, in London without the need for long-haul travel was the one that appealed most.

 

Too far for Gordon Strachan to travel on a weeknight.

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On the Saturday straight after, Ireland are playing Italy at Craven Cottage.

 

Why do the fucking Irish always get better friendlies than us?

 

Bastards.

 

Regardless of this, I suspiciously have a meeting in Sutton the morning of the game  8)

 

Funnily enough I am trying to arrange a meeting in Slough the same day.

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On the Saturday straight after, Ireland are playing Italy at Craven Cottage.

 

Why do the fucking Irish always get better friendlies than us?

 

Bastards.

 

Regardless of this, I suspiciously have a meeting in Sutton the morning of the game  8)

 

Dunno like, probably be a better game against Nigeria, Italy are dire to watch.

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Goalkeepers: Cammy Bell (Rangers), Matt Gilks (Blackpool), David Marshall (Cardiff City), Allan McGregor (Hull City).

 

Defenders: Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic), Craig Forsyth (Derby County), Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion), Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Andrew Robertson (Dundee United), Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)

 

Midfielders: Ikechi Anya (Watford), Barry Bannan (Crystal Palace), George Boyd (Hull City), Scott Brown (Celtic), Craig Bryson (Derby County), Chris Burke (Birmingham City), Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), James McArthur (Wigan Athletic), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion).

 

Forwards: Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic), Chris Martin (Derby County), Ross McCormack (Leeds United), Steven Naismith (Everton).

 

:-\

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GORDON Strachan was today slated for delivering a Scotland snub to in-form Dons keeper Jamie Langfield.

 

The national boss chose not to include Langfield in his latest squad, to face Nigeria in a friendly on May 28.

 

Dons legend and former Scotland cap Stewart McKimmie, a team-mate of Strachan’s at Pittodrie, admitted he is “dumbfounded” that Langfield’s form in the season just completed hasn’t earned him a call-up.

 

Even more so because Strachan has included Rangers’ Cammy Bell, who spent last term playing in Scotland’s third tier.

 

McKimmie said: “It’s actually embarrassing to see a player from such a low league in ahead of Jamie, who has been in the best form of his career.

 

“It’s a real kick in the teeth for Scotland’s top division as much as Jamie.

 

“Bell is a decent keeper, but you can hardly say he’s been tested in a division where he’s often up against part-time players, plumbers and painters, who hardly got a shot at his goal.

 

“Jamie has been performing at his best at the top level of the Scottish game.”

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