Armstrong named in Clarke’s first Scotland squad

By SFC Media Tue 28 May International
Photo by Getty Images | Stuart Armstrong

Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong has been included in a Scotland squad with a fresh look as the Tartan Army enter a new era under former Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke.

Clarke, appointed head coach last week after leading Killie into Europe, was not shy in shaking things up with his 27-man selection for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Belgium.

The squad includes five uncapped players but Armstrong remains a fixture, and will hope to make a positive first impression when Clarke takes charge of his first match against Cyprus at Hampden Park on Saturday 8th June.

Three days later, Scotland make the daunting trip to Brussels to face the Belgians – the number one team in the world, according to the FIFA rankings.

Clarke inherits a side with three points from their first two matches in Group I, with the top two nations after ten games sealing automatic qualification for the final tournament, which will be hosted in 12 host countries next summer.

Armstrong and co will have another opportunity to qualify through the Nations League should Scotland finish outside the top two spots.

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