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Last Updated: Sunday, 1 June, 2003, 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
Cup final pair get Scots call
Stevie Thompson has scored twice for Scotland
Scotland boss Berti Vogts has called up Dundee midfielder Gavin Rae and Rangers striker Steven Thompson for next Saturday's Euro 2004 qualifier with Germany.

Both men were originally named in a stand-by list for the match with last year's World Cup finalists at Hampden Park.

Vogts has also revealed that Christian Dailly will be given the task of man-marking German playmaker Michael Ballack.

25-year-old Rae, who was in the losing side in Saturday's Scottish Cup final, has played twice before for his country but has been overlooked since Vogts took the helm in March 2002.

"It's obviously great news, but right now I'm still thinking about the game and trying to get over it," said Rae.

"But least during the week I can re-focus and get myself prepared for the Scotland set-up."

Thompson, 24, has scored twice in nine games for Scotland but has not been a first team regular since his January move to Ibrox from Dundee United..

West Ham defender Dailly is another who found himself on his club's subs bench more often than he'd have liked this season but Vogts has a big job in mind for him.

"Ballack is, for me, the best attacking midfield player in the world," said Vogts, who hopes Dailly can negate the threat of the Bayern Munich star.

Dailly was used in an unfamiliar midfield role in the recent friendlies with a Northern Ireland B side and New Zealand.

"Now you know why Christian Dailly was playing in the position he has been for the past two matches," Vogts told the Sunday Mail.

"He is quick enough, good in the air, a good tackler - he will play well against Ballack."

Vogts will hope to partner Dailly with Paul Lambert in the middle of the park, if the Celtic skipper can recover from an ankle knock in time.

Barry Ferguson has already ruled himself out of the fixture, with the Rangers skipper electing to undergo surgery on his troublesome hip.

Scotland squad:

Neil Alexander (Cardiff City) Robert Douglas (Celtic) Paul Gallacher (Dundee United)

Graham Alexander (Preston North End) Steven Caldwell (Newcastle United) Christian Dailly (West Ham United) Steven Pressley (Heart of Midlothian) Maurice Ross (Rangers) Andy Webster (Hearts) Lee Wilkie (Dundee)

Colin Cameron (Wolverhampton W.) Paul Devlin (Birmingham City) Paul Lambert (Celtic) Jackie McNamara (Celtic) Gary Naysmith (Everton) Gavin Rae (Dundee)

Stephen Crawford (Dunfermline Athletic) Andy Gray (Bradford City) Don Hutchison (West Ham United) Kevin Kyle (Sunderland) Kenny Miller (Wolverhampton W.) James McFadden (Motherwell) Steven Thompson (Rangers).

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