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By ESPN Staff
Nov 18, 2008

Iwelumo desperate to banish the ghosts of Norway

Chris Iwelumo is desperate to play against Argentina and make amends for the now infamous sitter that cost Scotland victory against Norway.

The World Cup qualifier at Hampden last month proved to be a debut to forget for the Wolves striker when he somehow managed to miss an empty net from a few yards out.

The match ended in a goalless stalemate that could yet prove costly to Scotland's hopes of qualifying for South Africa in 2010.

But the big forward is relishing the opportunity to pull on the dark blue jersey once again and prove he is good enough to play for his country after all.

"I'm desperate for another Scotland game,'' he said. "I've watched it again but my missus made me delete it from the Sky Plus after about five days. It was a low point for myself but football has many highs and many lows and you've just got to take it on the chin.

"It was hard to take but the character I am I feel good, I'm enjoying playing, scoring goals. Hopefully I can do that for my country, that's my dream. I'm a proud Scot, love my country, so I'm delighted to be in the squad.

"I spoke with the gaffer (George Burley) a couple of times on the phone and he's been different class. He knows what I bring to the game and I felt great after I came off the phone to him. Hopefully, I can repay his faith.''

Argentina boss Diego Maradona is famous for his 'Hand of God' goal against England and Iwelumo hopes that dreadful miss against Norway will not be the moment that ultimately defines his own career.

"Of course there is a fear that's all I could be remembered for,'' he admitted. "That's football, isn't it? I got my debut and if we'd won the game then it would have been laughed about.

"It was an important game and we deserved to take the three points but I held my hands up and apologised to the country. I should have scored it but it's done now, it's happened and I can't change it. I'm just glad to be back with the chance to put it right.

"It would be nice to score against Argentina. You don't know what's around the corner, so hopefully it will be positive stuff.''

Meanwhile, Aberdeen forward Lee Miller is hoping to earn only his second cap after being drafted into the squad as a late replacement.

He made a substitute appearance for the Scots in the Kirin Cup in 2006 and is keen to kickstart his international career.

"I got a call on Sunday night and I was delighted to get it,'' said Miller. "There are a lot of good players around so I wasn't expecting to make the original squad. But my form has been good, although there has been a lack of goals.

"I have to play well for my club week in, week out and hopefully get into the squad that way. But I've just spoken to George and he's told me to work hard and we'll see what happens.

"I would definitely have watched the game on TV but it is one that I am delighted to be involved in. It's a glamour tie for a friendly and it's brilliant that it's Maradona's first game in charge.

"You see video clips of him and he's one of the best players the world has ever produced. Some of his goals were exceptional and, in his day, his touch and awareness on the ball was tremendous.''

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