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Strachan names Brown captain

Gordon Strachan has confirmed Scott Brown as the new Scotland captain ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Estonia.

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Scott Brown: Named as new Scotland captain

Scott Brown: Named as new Scotland captain

The Celtic skipper will lead the team out at Pittodrie and new Scotland boss Strachan said: "He already knows what it's like to be a captain with pressure and that made him favourite."

Gary Caldwell and Kenny Miller have shared captaincy duties in Darren Fletcher's absence, but Caldwell has returned to Wigan with an injury and 33-year-old Miller is unlikely to start as the Vancouver Whitecaps striker is in the middle of his close season.

Strachan confirmed Caldwell's withdrawal was one of several from his squad, adding: "He's left. Grant (Hanley) has left too, they did well to come up, they'd really been struggling.

"Ross McCormack has left, he's got some sort of bug but he made it up here which was terrific.

"Young James (Forrest) went back because I felt it might be too much to play two games back to back for him. So he's away to Celtic and they'll look after him there."

The Scotland boss is more than willing to liaise with Premier League managers, saying: "I spoke to a lot of managers recently and I'm trying to do the best for the group and the best for the managers.

"The team that is picked is the best one we can put out on Wednesday.

"We're taking into consideration the last time they played, the conditions they played in and who'll be playing at the weekend.

"We'll try to help them and try to get something positive for ourselves."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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Reward At Last For Years Of Careful Planning

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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