Maloney back in Scots squad

Shaun Maloney has earned a Scotland recall for the World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Slovakia.

Hull: Maloney back in Scots squadHull: Maloney back in Scots squad

The Hull midfielder was left out of the squad for the opening win against Malta because of a lack of game time but he is back in for Fulham’s Kevin McDonald.

Rangers captain Lee Wallace is one of three left-backs in the 28-man squad.

Maloney has made two EFL Cup starts and three Premier League substitute appearances this season, while McDonald was immediately back in the Fulham team after withdrawing from the squad ahead of the 5-1 victory over Malta.

Manager Gordon Strachan said: “Shaun has been used as a substitute quite a lot with Hull and played a game last week against Stoke, a terrific game. So he is back in again.

“He has professionalism, ability, intellect, willingness to play for Scotland. So he’s got all these traits that we want along here.

“And we still have some of the younger lads in the squad as well. If they are good enough we’ll stick them in, we will bypass the under-19s and 21s which we did with Ollie (Burke).”

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