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Koeman eyes Champions League spot

By ESPN Staff

Rae expresses shock at Scotland recall

Gavin Rae has expressed shock at his Scotland recall for next week's training camp at St Andrews.

Cardiff midfielder Rae, 31, was the surprise name in the 26-man squad announced yesterday by George Burley, who will use the get-together as part of his preparations for the crucial World Cup qualifying double-header against Holland and Iceland.

Rae ended a two-year international exile when he played in Burley's first match in charge against Croatia in March.

He also played in May's friendly defeat in the Czech Republic and was in the squad for August's goalless draw with Northern Ireland.

But he was dropped for Scotland's opening three Group 9 matches.

The former Rangers and Dundee star, who joins Ninian Park team-mate Ross McCormack in the Scotland set-up, told the Daily Record: ''You never say never but it's a shock to be brought back.

''I was pleasantly surprised to get the call from George and it's great that Ross McCormack is there too. It would have been a travesty if my Cardiff team-mate hadn't been included.

''Things are going well for me just now at club level but I'd had no indication a recall was on the cards. When George phoned, it was completely out of the blue.

''I'm glad I took the plunge and came down here. I've already played in an FA Cup final and we are going well in the league.''


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