International Challenge Matches
Italy v Scotland
Sunday 29th May 2016, kick-off 8.45 pm (local time)
Ta’ Qali National Stadium, Malta

France v Scotland
Saturday 4th June 2016, kick-off 9 pm (local time)
Stade Saint-Symphorien, Metz

Gordon Strachan today announced his Scotland squad for the upcoming matches against Italy and France, as he prepares for the start of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers later this year.

The squad marks a return from injury for Crystal Palace’s James McArthur, as well as a second call-up to the national team for Heart of Midlothian defender Callum Paterson.

Rangers duo Lee Wallace and Barrie McKay have been chosen for the double-header along with Hibernian’s John McGinn, who was Man of the Match in Scotland’s victory over Denmark in March.

Gordon Strachan’s squad will be based in Malta for a summer training camp and have agreed two matches against world-class opposition.

They will play Italy in Malta’s Ta’ Qali National Stadium on Sunday, 29th May and complete their summer tour against France in Stade Saint-Symphorien, Metz, on Saturday, 4th June.

SQUAD UPDATEs | 20th and 24th May 2016

IN: Scott Fox (Ross County), Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City), Craig Bryson (Derby County).

OUT: Scott Bain (Dundee), Allan McGregor (Hull City), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Lee Wallace (Rangers), Chris Martin (Derby County).

NB: Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Robert Snodgrass, Shaun Maloney, Andrew Robertson (all Hull City) will be unavailable for Italy match due to Football League Championship Play-Off Final.

Scotland squad to face Italy and France (updated 20th May):


Scott Fox (Ross County)
Jack Hamilton (Heart of Midlothian)
David Marshall (Cardiff City)


Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town)
Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion)
Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers)
Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City)
Russell Martin (Norwich City)
Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic)
Callum Paterson (Heart of Midlothian)
Andrew Robertson (Hull City - France only)


Ikechi Anya (Watford)
Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday - France only)
Craig Bryson (Derby County)
Oliver Burke (Nottinghaam Forest)
Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion)
Shaun Maloney (Hull City - France only)
James McArthur (Crystal Palace)
John McGinn (Hibernian)
Barrie McKay (Rangers)
Matt Phillips (Queens Park Rangers)
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)
Robert Snodgrass (Hull City - France only)


Steven Fletcher (Sunderland*)
Ross McCormack (Fulham)
Steven Naismith (Norwich City)

* on loan at Olympique Marseille