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Leeds captain Liam Cooper named in Scotland squad for Euro qualifiers

Leeds United centre-back and club captain Liam Cooper has been named as part of Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad for their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifying matches.

Scotland’s qualifying campaign begins with facing Cyprus on 25 March before hosting Spain on 28 March.

The match against Cyprus is Scotland’s first match since the Tartan Army secured a 0-0 draw against Ukraine last September – a hard-fought result which saw them top their Nations League group.

Cooper’s call up comes despite a recent lack of game time for the Whites skipper, who has made 14 appearances in all competitions for Leeds so far this season.

Much of this absence has been due to injury, but after Robin Koch and Max Wober have seemingly established themselves as the side’s consistent centre-back pairing, it remains to be seen whether Cooper will be restored to the starting XI upon his return.

The Scotsman will be hoping that getting some minutes for his national side will aid in his recovery, and perhaps put him back in contention for a starting place in the Leeds squad as the business end of the Premier League season approaches.

The Scotland squad in full

Zander Clark (Heart of Midlothian), Angus Gunn (Norwich City), Liam Kelly (Motherwell), Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Jack Hendry (Club Brugge), Aaron Hickey (Brentford), Nathan Patterson (Everton), Ryan Porteous (Watford), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal), Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Billy Gilmour (Brighton), Lewis Ferguson (Bologna), Ryan Jack (Rangers), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), Che Adams (Southampton), Jacob Brown (Stoke City), Ryan Christie (Bournemouth), Lyndon Dykes (Queens Park Rangers)

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