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Strachan explains Rhodes omission.

SCOTLAND boss Gordon Strachan has called up nine uncapped players over two different 19-man squads ahead of a pair of friendly internationals - but Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes has been left out.

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, currently on loan at Leeds United, was included ahead of the games against the Czech Republic and Denmark later this month.

Former Celtic striker Tony Watt, on loan at Blackburn from Charlton, is included despite often being overlooked for the Scotland Under-21 squad. The other uncapped call-ups are Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain, Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald, Aberdeen's Kenny McLean, Leeds defender Liam Cooper, Celtic leftback Kieran Tierney, Hibernian mid-fielder John McGinn, Brighton winger Jamie Murphy and Oliver Burke of Nottingham Forest.

Strachan revealed that the likes of Rhodes were omitted because he already knows enough about them.

He said: "There's a group who will play one game, that's looking after the players and making sure they get plenty of rest. There's another group who are not getting games for their clubs so it's beneficial for them.

"There's another group - Jordan, Ross McCormack, Johnny Russell, Lee Wallace - guys I know can do a job but there is no point bringing them along and depressing them by taking them all around Europe and maybe not getting a game because I want to see the other guys I have brought in."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 11, 2016
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