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Joe Jordan queries date of Scotland friendly


News conference - Scotland legend Joe Jordan

Former Scotland striker Joe Jordan has questioned the logic of the friendly against Sweden three days before the start of the domestic campaign.

Craig Levein's side face the Swedes in Stockholm in Wednesday and have been hit by a spate of call-offs.

"I don't think it's good date for anyone. Not for the clubs in England and up here, or for the players as well," said Jordan.

"From my point of view, I don't grasp the logic of it at all."

Levein, preparing for the last game before before the Scots begin their European 2012 campaign, has been hit by five call-offs.

Why in the middle of the summer would I take players away from holidays from their families?

Scotland coach Craig Levein

Lee McCulloch, Alan Hutton, Andy Webster, Graham Dorrans and David Marshall have been sidelined.

Craig Gordon and Gary Caldwell were not considered for the original squad through injury.

And midfielder Scott Brown is rated doubtful with a foot injury.

"It doesn't change, no matter what country you're involved with," said Tottenham assistant manager Jordan, who was promoting television coverage of the game in Sweden.

"But it's slightly more difficult when you've got a new man in charge who needs every opportunity and every player he can have at his disposal.

Scotland manager Craig Levein
Craig Levein's preparations have been hit by a spate of call-offs

"It's a disappointment, but you just hope that it doesn't re-occur when it comes up to the Euro 2012 qualification games.

"What it does do is give Craig the opportunity to look at one or two players that he knows but needs to test.

"And Sweden are good opposition away from home."

Jordan, who earned 52 caps for his country, said the Scotland coach would have been keen to have his strongest side available for the game in Stockholm.

"But it's a non-starter because of the withdrawals. It doesn't only happen in Scotland or Great Britain, it happens all over the world," he said.

"You've got to adapt and the way to do it is to give these guys a chance to claim a spot in the team."

Jordan is remaining upbeat about the future for Scotland under Levein.


"I think it looks a little bit better because there are names coming through," he added.

Meanwhile, Levein defended the decision to play a friendly now instead of between the end of last season and the beginning of the World Cup finals in South Africa.

"There's no continuity with that," he said. "I think the players are tired at the end of the season.

"Why in the middle of the summer would I take players away from holidays from their families?"

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see also
Sweden 3-0 Scotland
11 Aug 10 |  Football
Scots take hard line on call-offs
02 Aug 10 |  Football

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