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Bannan thrilled after earning late Scotland recall
Barry Bannan on being called up.
19th Mar 2013
Bannan thrilled after earning late Scotland recall


Bishop

Barry Bannan's impressive form in Villa's back-to-back wins over Reading and QPR has earned him a Scotland recall.

The 23-year-old midfielder received a phone call from new Scotland manager Gordon Strachan today and will link up with the squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Wales at Hampden Park on Friday and Serbia in Novi Sad next Tuesday.

Although he wasn't originally selected, his Villa form - combined with the withdrawal of West Brom's James Morrison - has offered him an unexpected opportunity.

Bannan, who won the last of his 11 international caps in a friendly against Slovenia more than a year ago, is delighted to be back in the fold - and determined to make his mark.

"I had a call from Gordon Strachan when I arrived for training this morning," he said.

"He had seen that I'd been playing for Villa again over the past couple of weeks and said he wanted to call me back into the squad. I was over the moon.

"The new manager has only been in charge for one game and I wasn't involved in that, which was a bit disappointing. But I've just tried to keep going and it's paid off.

"I met Gordon Strachan briefly when he came to the Villa training ground to see Alex McLeish last season, although I don't know him well.

"But I'm looking forward to chatting with him. He wants to outline what he wants to do with the Scotland team.

"It's a big honour to play for your country. Everyone wants to do it and I'm no different.

"I've been lucky to get my chance so hopefully I can stamp my mark in training and hopefully play in the games that are coming up."

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