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Clarets International-Caldwell's Scottish Call Up

Steven Caldwell won his last Scotland cap against Switzerland in March 2006 when he came on as a substitute and he has made a total of nine appearances for his country.

He may have thought at the age of 28 with a gap of over three years out of the Scotland squad that his International career could have been over.

The news today though is that Caldwell is back in contention for a place in the Scotland team having been named in the squad for the World Cup qualifier against Norway in Oslo on Wednesday, August 12. If he plays for Scotland, this will be his first time as a Clarets player.

He will also be joined by his Clarets teammates,Steven Fletcher and Graham Alexander who have also been drafted into the squad by Scotland manager,George Burley.

The strong Scottish connection at Burnley these days is plain for all to see and there is yet further good news on the Scotland International front.

Alex MacDonald currently out on loan with Falkirk will be on Scottish Under 21 duty at their training camp in Scotland next week and will be joined by Kevin MacDonald and new signing, Brian Easton.

The Clarets will also be without Martin Paterson next week. He has been called-up for Northern Ireland's international friendly against Norway at Windsor Park on Wednesday, August 12. Hopefully his tight hamstring injury will have fully recovered by then.

Although this is obviously good news for the players, it does now mean that six of our squad will now be absent from Turf Moor next week and so will miss the final club preparations for our first ever season in the Barclays Premier League.

Our first match is of course away to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday August 15th (3pm KO)


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 4 2009

Time: 2:49PM

Your Comments

Heck,great news but I hope they all come back injury free!!
turfmanphil
Chuffed for the skip.....best of luck to him !!
Cardiff_Claret
Always a mixture this one. Its always nice for the lads to get recognition for their performances and get to represent their country, but always the fear when you have numerous on duty that someone will get injured. Was much better when we only had one or two ie. NTG going ;-)
Claretdale
Bit suprised Duff isn't in thee northern ireland squad. makes ya realize how many scots he have lol.
ruane
He is injured at the moment which may have something to do with it, but having said that, Duff has not been a contender in the NI team for sometime. Premier League speaks though, and I would place a bet now that Duff will have played for NI before end of 2009/10
turfmanphil
Has Duff been in the NI squad at al since that long term injury in 2007/8?
Couch Potato
I don't think he has but I might be wrong!
turfmanphil
Steven's brother Gary is in the squad too so what chance both playing in the same side? [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
Has always seemed odd to have international games a few days before / after the season has started. Can't imagine there is a worse time for players to be disappearing from their clubs. However, congrats to all those Clarets who have been called up.
RickersTwickers
I have to say I do wonder if Caldwell and maybe some of the others would have been selected had we still been in the Championship
turfmanphil
Good to see the lads get their call up just hope they come back unscathed
8clarets8
Burnley manager Owen Coyle will not release his three Scotland internationals from their pre-season fixture against St Johnstone ahead of the international side's World Cup qualifier against Norway. (Daily Record-Fri 7th August)
turfmanphil
Now in LT Friday 7th August: OWEN Coyle is set to speak with Scotland manager George Burley about his plans for the three Burnley players called up for senior international duty next week. Captain Steven Caldwell, record signing Steven Fletcher and Graham Alexander have all been included for the squad to face Norway in Wednesday's World Cup qualifier. "We're delighted when players represent their country and are involved in squads and like anybody else I want to help out the national team," said Coyle. "It's something I'll have a chat with George about because he's very respectful of the fact that, as much as we want them in the national side, we have to make sure that our club house is in order. The date of the fixture is certainly not ideal for anybody, so that's somemthing I'll look at and I'll have a chat with George and see where that takes us."
turfmanphil
 

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