Bridcutt surprise inclusion as Strachan names Scotland squad

The 23-year-old Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder is handed his first call-up as the national side prepare to take on Wales and Serbia in World Cup 2014 qualifying
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has handed Brighton and Hove Albion holding midfielder Liam Bridcutt his first international call-up for his squad to take on Wales and Serbia in World Cup 2014 qualifying.

The former Chelsea youth product, who was named the Seagulls' Player of the Season in 2011-12, has made 35 appearances for his club so far this campaign.

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Wide men Gary Mackay-Steven and George Boyd each also receive their first-ever summons to the national side but captain Scott Brown misses out with an injury, as he faces the possibility of an extended stint on the treatment table after hurting an abductor against Juventus in Champions League action on February 12.

Matt Phillips, Jamie Mackie, Leigh Griffiths, Lee Wallace and Phil Bardsley are all omitted from the party, Strachan's first selections for competitive fixtures after taking over the Scotland reins in January.

His men will first take on Wales on March 22, followed by their encounter with Serbia four days later.

Full Scotland squad to face Wales and Serbia:

Gilks (Blackpool), Marshall (Cardiff City), McGregor (Besiktas)

Defenders: Berra (Wolves), Caldwell (Wigan), Fox (Southampton), Hanley (Blackburn), Hutton (Mallorca), Martin (Norwich City), Mulgrew (Celtic), Webster (Hearts)

Midfielders: Adam (Stoke City), Bridcutt (Brighton), Burke (Birmingham), Commons (Celtic), Dorrans (West Brom), Forrest (Celtic), Mackay-Steven (Dundee United), McArthur (Wigan), Morrison (West Brom), Snodgrass (Norwich)

Forwards: Boyd (Hull City), Fletcher (Sunderland), McCormack (Leeds), Maloney (Wigan), Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps), Naismith (Everton), Rhodes (Blackburn)