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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 August 2007, 13:28 GMT 14:28 UK
McEveley retains Scotland place
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Jay McEveley has retained his place in the Scotland squad
Jay McEveley and Barry Robson have retained their places in the Scotland squad after manager Alex McLeish named his 25 to face Lithuania and France.

The Derby defender and Dundee United midfielder made their debuts in the 1-0 friendly victory over South Africa.

Several senior players return after being rested for that game, including captain Barry Ferguson, who is suspended for the Lithuania clash.

Lee McCulloch and Gary Naysmith return for the 8 and 12 September games.

France and Italy occupy the coveted top two berths in European Championship qualifying Group B heading into the next round of matches.

And McLeish understands the temptation to look ahead to the glamorous meeting at the Parc des Princes.

If we can do what is expected of us in the Hampden game, it sets us up nicely for the France game

Scotland manager Alex McLeish

But he said: "The focus in entirely on the Lithuania game. That's the way we have approached it so far and that has stood us in good stead. We will continue to work that way.

"The next game is always the most important and this game comes into that school of thought because of the games that are going on elsewhere on those particular days.

"France travel to Italy and then Italy have to travel to Ukraine midweek.

"If we can do what is expected of us in the Hampden game, it sets us up nicely for the France game. Then you never know what will happen."

Kris Boyd claimed the only goal of the game against South Africa in a game some criticised as bereft of incident.

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"That's football, that's life," said McLeish. "I've come to expect that side of it.

"I was happy with it, that's the main thing. I thought the players who came in deserved a lot of credit.

"We had a 1-0 victory over South Africa last week and we were under scrutiny for that game.

"Two years ago, we would have been biting people's hands off to even get a draw against South Africa.

"We know that we set our own standards and that we have to rise to those expectations every time we go out on the field."


Scotland squad

Goalkeepers: Craig Gordon (Sunderland), David Marshall (Norwich City), Allan McGregor (Rangers)

Defenders: Graham Alexander (Preston North End), Russell Anderson (Sunderland), Gary Caldwell (Celtic), Alan Hutton (Rangers), Jay McEveley (Derby County), Stephen McManus (Celtic), Gary Naysmith (Sheffield United), David Weir (Rangers)

Midfielders: Scott Brown (Celtic), Barry Ferguson (Rangers), Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), Paul Hartley (Celtic), Lee McCulloch (Rangers), Stephen Pearson (Derby County), Barry Robson (Dundee United), Gary Teale (Derby County)

Forwards: Craig Beattie (West Bromwich Albion), Kris Boyd (Rangers), James McFadden (Everton), Shaun Maloney (Aston Villa), Kenny Miller (Celtic), Garry O'Connor (Birmingham City)



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