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Clarke names Scotland side that beat Serbia for Israel test

The national team manager has brought back players who started in Belgrade.

Clarke names Scotland side that beat Serbia for Israel test SNS Group

Scotland will line up against Israel with the same starting XI that faced Serbia when the national team qualified for Euro 2020.

Manager Steve Clarke rang the changes for Sunday’s defeat against Slovakia but has restored key players for a game that could see Scotland win their Nations League group.

David Marshall, hero of the penalty shoo-out against Serbia, is in goals with Kieran Tierney, Declan Gallagher and Scott McTominay chosen as the three defenders. Captain Andy Robertson and Stephen O’Donnell are named as wing-backs.

Callum McGregor and Ryan Jack make up a midfield trio with John McGinn. Ryan Christie plays off striker Lyndon Dykes.

A win would see Scotland promoted to League A as group winners and also put the team in prime position for a World Cup 2020 play-off squad, if needed.

“This is another step on the road to the World Cup in Qatar 2022, which is where we want to be,” Clarke said. “So from now on, really until April, the focus is on the World Cup.

“This game can give us a chance to be in a play-off for it as a back-up. We want to qualify as of right and we look forward to the draw for the World Cup qualifiers in December.”