James McFadden dropped for Euro 2012 qualifier in Lithuania

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Posted Friday, September 03, 2010 by theguardian.com

James McFadden dropped for Euro 2012 qualifier in Lithuania
James McFadden, centre, is one of eight changes made by the Scotland manager Craig Levein for the Euro 2012 qualifier in Lithuania.

James McFadden is the most notable player to pay the penalty for Scotland's dismal friendly showing in Sweden last month, with the Birmingham City man dropped for tomorrow night's Euro 2012 qualifier in Lithuania.

McFadden, an iconic figure for the Scottish support on account of his 15 goals in 46 internationals, has been left out by Craig Levein with the Rangers forward Steven Naismith a surprise starter in support of Kenny Miller, the lone striker. Naismith has opened the season brightly, but has featured just three times before for his country.

David Weir will, as expected, partner Stephen McManus at the heart of the Scotland defence. Alan Hutton's swift return from groin surgery also hands him a place in Levein's starting XI.

Middlesbrough's Barry Robson has been preferred to Graham Dorrans on the left of Levein's midfield. In total, Levein has made eight changes to the side beaten 3-0 in Stockholm.

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