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Thursday, November 4, 1999 Published at 14:26 GMT


Sport: Football

No Scotland place for Johnson

Brown has named his squad for the two crunch matches

Scotland boss Craig Brown has left Jamaican-born David Johnson out of his squad for the Euro 2000 play-offs against England after finding out he is ineligible.


Radio 5 Live's Roddy Forsyth runs down Craig Brown's squad
Brown only discovered on Wednesday that Johnson's mother was born in England, which disqualifies him from playing for any other team, given the complicated rules governing "foreign" players with British passports.

The Ipswich striker was successfully courted by Brown and latterly pledged his international allegiance to Scotland last month despite appearances in friendlies for England B and Jamaica.

'Natural mother is English'

Brown admitted: "It was a surprise, because we were all led to believe that he was eligible."

"After a meeting with David's manager and his agent, and having established his capabilities and the player confirming his willingness to play for Scotland, we have now found out that his natural mother is English.


[ image: David Johnson: Left out]
David Johnson: Left out
"That means he cannot play for Scotland and in fact can only play for England, not any of the other home countries."

Johnson's agent Phil Graham stated: "The whole thing is confusing. Everyone thought it was a joke anyway at the beginning that someone could play for four countries.

"Now, it's very, very embarassing for the player because he was led to believe he was eligible."

Neither is there a recall for Allan Johnston, dropped for the last two qualifiers against Bosnia and Lithuania.

Johnston was given his chance against Estonia in September, even though he had not played a match for Sunderland this season following a contractual dispute with manager Peter Reid.

'Sort out future'

Brown later indicated that Johnston needed to sort himself out professionally if he was to have a future at international level.

The former Hearts winger is now back playing regularly and has appeared in the last four games for Birmingham, where he is in the middle of a two-month loan spell.

The full Scotland squad to face England on 13 and 17 November:

Keepers: Douglas (Dundee), Gould (Celtic), Main (St Johnstone), Sullivan (Wimbledon).

Defenders: Calderwood (Aston Villa), Dailly (Blackburn Rovers), Hendry (Rangers), McNamara (Celtic), O'Neil (Wolfsburg), Ritchie (Hearts), Weir (Everton).

Midfielders: Burley (Celtic), Cameron (Hearts), Collins (Everton), Davidson (Blackburn Rovers), Durrant (Kilmarnock), Ferguson (Rangers), Hutchison (Everton), Lambert (Celtic).

Forwards: Burchill (Celtic), Dodds (Dundee Utd), Gallacher (Newcastle Utd), McCann (Rangers), McSwegan (Hearts).





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