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Telfer Gets Second Scotland Call

Paul Telfer, Coventy City FCCoventry City’s tough tackling midfielder Paul Telfer has earned himself a second call-up to the Scotland squad after producing some fine Premiership performances.

The 28-year-old was handed a debut by boss Craig Brown last month after the tartan army suffered a string of withdrawals through injury.

Former Luton star Telfer impressed in the clash with France, which was to mark the opening of the new Hampden Stadium, and has been included in the latest party to face The Netherlands.

Telfer, who joined the Sky Blues from Kenilworth Road for £1.15 million in the summer of 1995, started the clash with the World Champions and won praise despite his country suffering a 2-0 reverse.

Brown has now rewarded the gritty utility man with a second consecutive call-up, and could well hand him a different role to the one he played three weeks ago.

The Scotland boss said at that time that he felt Telfer could do a job for his country in the wide right role, although against France he was employed in a defensive berth.

He said: 

“I think there is certainly a position where Telfer could fill a bit of a void for us in what I would call a wide-right role.

“It is sometimes a wing-back position but we like to play a 4-4-2 formation and with Telfer’s great engine and smashing ability to deliver a ball he is ideal on the right hand side.

“We have been watching his progress for a wee while and when Gary McAllister was still playing for us he used to regularly mention Paul’s form.

“He is a very quiet unassuming chap and although his first two selections have been against France and Netherlands he will not be phased by it.”

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