Paul Telfer was among the most
shocked people in the country today when he learned he had been called
up by Scotland for the prestige match against the World Champions
The match was arranged as the
official opening of the newly constructed National Stadium at Hampden
Park, Glasgow and it is a massive honour for Telfer to be part of
Craig Brown's squad
He links up with Coventry's
new centre-back Colin Hendry in the squad with every chance of playing
his part on the pitch for his first full cap.
His call up came after full
back Jackie McNamara had to pull out through injury and then Leicester
City's Matt Elliott did likewise because he was needed at the bedside
of his sick child.
It was a big surprise for
28-year-old Telfer, who had written off his chances of winning full
caps despite playing at under-21 and B levels.
Coventry's manager Gordon
Strachan added to the impact by kidding the player along.
"I asked him if he
fancied playing a match in between our club games against Arsenal and
Liverpool and he said he did because it would be good for his fitness
after his recent injury.
"He asked if it was for
the reserves away to Nottingham Forest - but I told him it was for his
country, at home to the World Champions!
"Craig Brown telephoned
me to ask how Paul was after his injury and I told him Paul would not
let anyone down if he was called up to the squad.
We are all delighted for him."
Telfer is the second Coventry
player to get a surprise international call up this season.
Steve Froggatt's call to the England squad against Scotland in
the Euro 2000 play offs, surprised the pundits.
Coventry's youth team could
only draw 1-1 at home to Southampton in the first leg of the FA Youth
Cup semi-final at Highfield Road last night, despite dominating much
of the play.
McSheffrey fired Coventry in front after 68 minutes, but Adam Wallace
equalised in the 77th minute. The
away leg is at The Dell on 10th April.